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    Evenin' all

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Whoopty, Aug 22, 2011.

    Hey guys, found a few good threads here that helped me with my writing so figured I'd register.

    I'm 23 (almost 24 if anyone is feeling generous) and a freelance writer from the UK. Finished the first draft of my first novel a month ago around the 83,000 word mark and am currently in the editing process.

    Look forward to chatting with you all. Hopefully I can contribute something noteworthy at some point, but if not, at least I'll be able to leach some advice from you all.

    Thanks for reading :)
     
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    Feeling generous, lol Welcome!
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Whello Whoopty, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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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    Hello, welcome to the Writing Forums! :)
     
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    Welcome to the forums, Whoopty! And congratulations on finishing the first draft of your novel, and feel free to leech as much information as you want.
     
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    Welcome to the forums! Hopefully we can help in your pursuit of knowledge! Congratulations on the draft of your novel, that's a big accomplishment!

    Once you have met the requirements of the Writing Workshop, I'd be happy to post a review of some of your work.

    Though it is important to know, anything posted online is considered self publishing, and will negatively impact your chances of being published. There is a thread about this located here.

    Enjoy your stay :)
     
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    Welcome and congrats!
     
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    Hey guys, thanks for the kind welcome. First thing I did was check out the FAQ and the publishing forum, so I quickly noticed the pitfall of self publishing by showing off too much; never fear, I will avoid it.
     
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    Welcome. I hope you have fun and learn lots.
     
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    Welcome nice user name :)
     

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