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    Greetings from Austin

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by john anders, May 20, 2011.

    Hello People - I am finally following where the muse leads me and writing a novel. It's a dark tale of redemption about a mortician who decides his cremation ovens need to be used on the area homeless community - one at a time. The good guys will win bit I'm evolving the tension as I go.... Hoping to be able to post for feedback etc ...

    OK..I admit I have pie-in-the-sky publishing dreams of financial reward. But my main focus right now is just telling the story (at a clip of only 500 words per day as I work full time). As I approach 10k now..I'm having a lot of fun with it. I already know the essential elements of the story and it's my pleasure each day to shape and chisel the development of the characters and the unfolding of the plot.

    Happy Trails
    JA
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Hello John, 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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    Welcome, John! Hope we can also enjoy your contributions and critiques....
     

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