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    Greetings!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Leo83, Apr 10, 2011.

    Hello folks,

    My name is Monty, I'm a Leo who enjoys hugs, picnics and long walks on the beach... (HA! kidding, I'm actually aquaphobic, detest eating outside because I don't want bugs in my food, and prefer not to be touched by people I don't know lol) I just found this site yesterday and have been looking over posts made by others to get a feel for the community.

    Honestly, I haven't written much outside of a handful of short stories read by a handful of people. I have no intention to become a published writer of any sort. Hell, to be completely honest, I don't even read that much. My wife is the big reader and occasionally I'll sit down and read a book if she recommends something to me.

    The primary reason I began looking for a site (and stumbled upon this one) is because a group of long-distance friends and I have began a small independent project and I was assigned the task of developing and writing extensive ORIGINAL fantasy background lore to tie in with what they are working on. It's crossed my mind, on more than one occasion, in the days since I undertook this task that I was probably given this duty because I have the most writing experience, which I suppose is very sad lol.

    Anyway, the community here seemed like a very intelligent and helpful bunch and I look forward to tossing some ideas around to see what people think.

    Thanks
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome.
     
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    Hello Monty, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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 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. :)
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum:)
     
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    Welcome to the forum! :D
     
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    Hey--that sounds like an interesting project. Writing background can be a lot of fun, too!

    Good luck. :)
     
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    Hi and welcome Monty.

    You're in luck, there's plenty of fantasy-minded members here.
     

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