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Offline loriandliv

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getting started with this site
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:18:26 AM »
i want to take advantage of all the expertise aand help on this site. so how does one go about getting started? i'm open to all suggestions and help. thanks forn your help

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Re: getting started with this site
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2011, 12:27:54 PM »
To begin a story?

On a scratch sheet of paper, ask yourself,
•   Who –at least two characters (keep the names simple to begin with.)
•   What
•   Where
•   When
•   Why

And then ponder your answers for a few days, expanding on them.

Ponder a surprise twist or two . . .

And there is the seeds of your story outline.  ;D
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Re: getting started with this site
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 05:33:53 PM »
Welcome Loriandliv

Glad you found us!

I'm sure one of the moderators will be by to explain the rules. In the meantime, look around, join a game or two. Review the work that people post here and add your comments. You have to give feedback to receive it.  ;)


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Re: getting started with this site
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2011, 06:54:24 PM »
Since you've introduced yourself on the Welcome board and received the "official" welcome with a link to Forum Etiquette, where to go next is up to you.

If an area in writing is giving you trouble, enter the term in the search box to the top right to browse discussions on the topic. And check out the Authors' Resource Centre for information on anything from a character's behavior to grammar and punctuation. Still have a question about plot, grammar, character development, or what have you, feel free to start a new topic here, on All the Write Questions, asking for help.

Don't dismiss how much you can learn from others by commenting on their work. You just might find what stands out in a piece for all the wrong reasons is a problem you've not been able to put a finger on in your own work.

Finally, read the guidelines in the Sticky at the top of a review board then put a piece of your work up for review. You might apply the advice of some and not agree with others. It's your story and your decision. Just be gracious and appreciate the time people take to help.
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