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    Exploring writing

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kash, Sep 29, 2011.

    Hi,

    I'm called Kailash and you'll find me posting under Kash (a nickname my sis picked out for me). I've recently quit my job of 7 years to move to a new place with my wife. This has opened up several doors one of which led me through a windy maze to reaching out to a writing forum but - in the vein of Michael Ende - that is another story and shall be told another time :). I found myself enjoying the escapism of reading at a very early age. At that time I'd devour almost anything I could get my hands on, be it an encyclopaedia, an issue of Reader's Digest, a book on genetics, or a short novel. I'd wonder how people forgot any story! I'd read and read and read, and every story would still be crystal clear in my mind. I've come a long way since then and hardly remember any of the early stories I've read. The case of a glass overfull, perhaps.

    Sometime in those early years I came across Isaac Asimov; perhaps one of the foundation series, or an early short story. I was hooked. He became my hero and I've probably read most of his short story collections. I think it was the wonder that captured me then. Now, I'm a junkie looking for my next fix.

    Reading's a passion for me and while I've gotten pickier over the years, I've built up quite a collection of books that I've got a mind to read. I guess the pile keeps growing and I keep falling behind. At one time I thought I'd prefer immortality, just so I could enjoy all I could read. That was naive, but you get the idea. That was reading. I'd like to write. I've dreamt of writing (it is dreamt and not dreamed, damn it!). And hence my decision to join a writing group. I'd like to reduce the reading time and increase the writing time, in summary.

    So, I look forward to reading your posts and sharing some of the stuff I've written and learning loads in the process!

    Best wishes,
    Kash
     
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    Hi Kash, and welcome!

    Your influences sound interesting; rather literary (as opposed to... lectuary... in this sense). I'm looking forward to review your work! :D

    Have fun with your stay on the forums!
     
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    Welcome Kash!
     
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    I'm impressed Kailash with your voracious appetite for books.
    Great to hear. Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Hello Kailash, 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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    Hi All,

    Thank you for you comments and wishes. I look forward to sharing my critiques and learning through yours. I hope we all find what we seek.

    Happy trails,
    Kash
     
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