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    Dude From Middle East

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AShoaib, Sep 6, 2009.

    ...well, not quite. I was born in Pakistan and after 10 months living there, came to the US and stayed here ever since.

    I'm a college freshman going into engineering. Writing is a sort of "hey, maybe if I write a good book, I'll have a job I'll like more!" thing.

    I'm a bit into fantasy, and am considering how to make fantasy a bit more fresh. But that's not

    I'm into writing, and have written funny-ish articles for my school newspaper and using Facebook, which people found entertaining. I think. Unless they were lying to me all that time.

    A bunch of friends say I'm funny, so I was going to take my chances at writing a short teen/high school comedy. Looking back at my high school experience (senior year), I think basing a story on my friends' misadventures would be entertaining. I'm just having some problems with the exposition. The first few pages are the hardest, and am thinking of ways to get publishers/readers hooked.

    -Abdullah
     
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    People aren't deranged, they just see/kill things differently.
     
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    Right on. You are funny. Welcome. We, the noobs have the stick together, no?
     
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    Hello Abdullah, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work 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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