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    Happy to have found a living forum

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by maedd_the_raven, Mar 7, 2010.

    Hello all,

    My name is Marc, I have been searching in vain for a writers forum that is active, I am hoping I have found a home here.

    Ok, a little about me- i have been writing on and off for about twenty years- though I have only really been writing seriously for the last six. I tend to write Science Fiction or Fantasy- I have dabbled in short stories, novellas, t.v. scripts and comic books.

    My curse- and i am sure many of you can understand this- is the appeal of new ideas over the work in progress. I excel at the concept stage of the process, I revel in the wonder of a pristine gem, the perfection of concept that exists only in my mind. Then comes the hard work. So I have drawers full of loose papers, notebooks overflowing with thoughts, introductions and characters. What I do not yet have is a complete and marketable product that I can pitch to a publisher.

    Still, I persist, I keep writing, and i believe that my time will come. I hope to share my ideas here, and to assist my fellow writers in any way I can.

    I look forward to getting to know you.

    Marc
     
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    Hello Marc, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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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    Welcome, Marc. I'm pretty new here myself, but I have found this forum to be more active than others, and the overall quality of the writing much better.
     
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    Welcome, Marc! I have been where you are for years myself and have only just recently buckled down to actually attempt writing a complete novel, so I feel your pain. This site has been wonderful in helping keep me motivated (I am now over 30,000 words into the first draft of my novel in about five weeks time) and I am sure it can beneficial to you as well. :)
     
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    Great to have you!
     
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    Thanks for the welcome- i look forward to getting involved with my fellow writers- and pushing myself to get on and write more myself
     

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