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    Hello everyone =)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Marranda, Jun 14, 2011.

    Hey, I'm Marranda. I'm a few hours new and wanted to introduce myself. I would have done so as soon as I'd confirmed my account but my kid decided to go berzerk with my tupperware and so I had to step away to save the kitchen.
    I'm an avid reader, and I used to love writing short stories in high school, but then I graduated and joined the Navy. Being deployed on a ship, floating around, elbows deep in electrical equipment wasn't very conducive to creative expression. Or reading for that matter. But now my career is about to take a turn for the more educational as I am getting out and starting my first-ever semester this Fall- Yay me!- so I've found I have enough free time these days to get back into my short stories.
    I can't wait to start reading and responding, posting (bloggling?) and being critiqued! Hope to become acquainted with some of you!
    :cool:
     
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    Hello Marranda, 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, Maranda, nice to meet you. I, too, have children and know what it's like. lol, difficult to focus on big projects unless you do so in the wee hours of the morning.

    Can't wait to read some of your stuff.

    Jennie
     
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    Welcome! And thanks for your service to the country.
     
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    Thank you JennieRose8! Right now I'm just struggling with focusing. Between work, my kid, husband, pets and house cleaning I rarely get the time to jot down whatever idea that pops in my head, and I have so many of them! Let alone making sense of them. That in of itself is a freaking headache.

    And Mallory, thank you for the thanks =) !!
     
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    Welcome Marranda. May the Spirits of good writing be with you.
     

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