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    A New Joker in Town

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jester, Nov 21, 2009.

    'ello! I am Jester King, a creative fellow living in the States. I was passing by and found this forum on a Google search for creative writing forums, so I'm hoping this will be a boon to my work as a creative writer. I've got several projects in the mix, and would love a bit of help and constructive input. If you've got any questions for me, don't be shy.

    J.K.
     
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    Hi Jester.
    I am a writer of comedy. Award-winning, no less, so if you need a hand, give me a shout.

    Gurmeet
     
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    hello and welcome! :]
     
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    Thank you, Gurmeet. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Despite my username, I am actually very poor at writing comedy, despite the fact that I am frequently good for "one liners" and "witticisms" among friends. I lean toward science fiction (though it's more truly fictional science), action, and fantasy. I may need your input as a screenwriter, though, since I am working on several screenplays and am still struggling with the simple format for a novice screenwriter.

    My nickname, "Jester" comes from a black and red tri-belled cap I'm known to wear for no particular reason at all. That, and when it comes to my religion, I am often known as my deity's fool.

    Thank you, Taylor. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm an old SF* hand myself and only fell into comedy writing when I couldn't get my SF novels published, so there's hope for us all.

    *I go back to Asimov and Heinlein, but find recent stuff to be very derivative. Best SF book ever- Tiger Tiger by Alfred Bester.
     
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    Hello Jester, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own writing for comment should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Thanks for the welcome, Cogito. I did not realize that about the review process, though I also wasn't planning to jump into posting my own material just yet. I have grabbed up a short story to review, and am going through it now.
     

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