1. scubadiver

    scubadiver New Member

    Aug 7, 2009
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    Hello folks!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by scubadiver, Aug 7, 2009.

    I took part in NanoWrimo last November. Earlier in the year I managed to edit the first five chapters into something that is approaching quite suspenseful.

    I will hopefully take part this year and make more of a sucess. I am currently unemployed so will hopefully complete the rest of the story...

    If you haven't heard of it you have to write 50,000 in 30 days (midnight 31st oct to midnight 30th november).

  2. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games. :D
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello ScubaDiver, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    You know, of course, that NaNoWriMo expects you to start from scratch at November first. It's ok to do conceptual planning beforehand, but you technically can't include any previously written content. But you CAN use it to write 50K additional words - just keep the new stuff separate.

    Posting your own work 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.

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