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Offline daisyelizabeth

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Hi!
« on: April 19, 2010, 10:13:37 AM »
Hello!
I am on a gap year at the moment, and having just lost my job, I realised this was the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time writing. I was subsequently horrified to find, as I sat, full of enthusiasm, pen in hand, that I didn't know what to write. I scribbled down a few poems, you know, those unfulfilling verses full of cheap, forced rhymes and recycled cliches. So I resorted to google, and in desperation typed in 'inspiration for writers' and somehow I navigated my way to this site. What was meant to be a couple of minutes browsing for inspiration turned into several hours reading the work and critique posted on here...so I decided to join. I'm not promising great things in terms of my writing, and it probably won't be a while until I post any of my own work up. This is not because I don't intend to, I absolutely do. It's just, well, I could try and phrase this more delicately but to be blunt...I don't want to post rubbish up here,  I want it to be good and worthy of your criticism. So for the mean time, is it ok if I just browse around all of your work? I will, of course, try to offer my own opinions and suggestions, although I have to stress I am in no way an expert so it will be largely based on personal response, rather than a complex literary analysis. Anyway, I think I have babbled on long enough  :) I am looking forward to getting to know you all!

daisy xxx

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Re: Hi!
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 10:35:47 AM »
Hi, Daisy.

Welcome to the forum. I'm sure if you carry on reading and leaving a few critiques here and there, you'll
quickly pick up some skills and post your work. A lot can be learned from critiqueing the work of others.
And don't hesitate to ask, it's the people who never ask who end up learning the hard way.

There are a few guidelines you should look at before jumping in.
Please take a look at them by clicking the link below.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=7415.0

You'll find some Blue stick-pin (Stickies) at the top of each of
the various topic boards to help you with that particular board.
Take part in a few challenges, or join in on some conversations.

Be sure to review some of the other peopleís work before posting
your own (Youíll find other members are more likely to review your work).
And donít be shy, even a readerís perspective is helpful to a writer.

Please browse around and check out the areas you find interesting.
If you have a problem finding a particular topic, try the Search
button, it comes in handy.

If you have any questions or problems, donít hesitate to
PM (Personal message) a moderator, weíre happy to help.
Weíre the ones with the blue stars.

All the best,
Joe
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Re: Hi!
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 10:40:13 AM »
Hi Joe!
Thank you! I am just reading the advice on how to critique work, and then I will have a crack at it  :)

Daisy

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010, 10:47:20 AM »
Hello daisyelizabeth, and welcome to MWC.

A word of encouragement. Your grammar, spelling and punctuation are fine, so no problems there. Your writing is chatty and informal, which many aim for without success.

You write as if you are talking to the reader over a glass of wine, which makes it easy and enjoyable to read. All you need now is something to write about. Iíd suggest that, for a start, you simply put down the first thing that comes into your head.

That will trigger associations in your subconscious mind, so that one thing leads to another and you will have got down 1,000 words before you know it. Much of it will be waffle, but in amongst it will be some nuggets that will inspire you to expand on them.

If, for instance, you would like to write short stories, one way to get inspiration is to copy the first line of a published story. Without reading any more, write your own story from what the opening triggers in your mind. Once itís written, go back and write a new opening.

There are lots of ways of getting ideas, and Iím sure many members will be only too happy to share their favourites with you.

Above all, enjoy it.

Hugh

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2010, 10:55:04 AM »
Thank you so much Hugh!
It's always great to hear compliments and I really do appreciate the encouragement. You genuinely just plastered a big old smile on my face! That tip about the first line sounds really good as well and is exactly the type of thing I came on here to learn about. I will definitely give it a go. :)

Daisy

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Re: Hi!
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010, 11:00:48 AM »
There are lots of ways of getting ideas, and I’m sure many members will be only too happy to share their favourites with you.

Ooh, I love writing down my dreams and then playing the 'what if' game. What if this happened or...
If you let the creative juices flow for a few days you end up with something completely different
from the dream.  :D 

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2010, 11:08:12 AM »
Wow, that sounds like such a cool idea! In fact, I've been having a recurring nightmare that always cuts off just before the end...sounds like the perfect starting place! Thanks Joe  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2010, 05:15:13 PM »
Daisy, until you feel ready to comment/critique or post your own work, a great way to get to know some of the members is to take part in some of the word games listed here:

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?board=12.0

and/or visit the MWC Bar here:

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=5732.0

Bones is our bartender who, despite the fact that he is a skeleton seems to handle the customers and our drink and food orders with no problem . . . also, no hangovers.  ;)

Smiles,
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Re: Hi!
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2010, 08:07:15 PM »
Hello, Daisy.  Welcome to the forum.
Most people live and die
with their music still unplayed.
They never dare to try.

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Re: Hi!
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 06:10:30 AM »
Hi Alice, thanks for the tips! I can already feel myself becoming unhealthily addicted to this site! ;)

Hi AWM :) nice to meet you.

Offline sc3n3_so_sw33t

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Re: Hi!
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2010, 06:15:28 PM »
HEY HEY eVeRyOnE!!!!! [I am already addicted to this site also by the way] xDDDDD It is great to meet all of you! No doubt you are all Fabulous people!!!!! xDDDDD

~caitlyn~

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Re: Hi!
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2010, 08:26:29 PM »
Hello Daisy,

Welcome to the Circle.

Offline AJ Barnett

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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2010, 11:22:39 AM »
Hi, Daisy. Welcome to the circle. Good to meet you.

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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2010, 07:37:44 PM »
Welcome Daisy... :)

"What if giant ninjas attacked my computer right now as I am typing this message to you?... now that is something to 'what if' about!"

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