1. Nightstar99
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    Hello, new here

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Nightstar99, Jul 8, 2013.

    Hi everyone. I am writing a (rather long) first novel, that grows in fits and spurts, work and kids permitting.

    I've been picking at it for four years and realise as I stare down the dog days of my 30s that I need to get the thing finished. I am really enjoying writing now, and have a lot of ideas for future projects, and may have a go at non fiction if I can't get anywhere with fiction.

    I also have an unfinished novel that my mother wrote in the 90s, she died shortly after finishing it. This has complicated my view of writing as I wasn't terribly old when she passed and used to resent all the time she spent alone writing quite a bit. So i have these yellowing typed manuscript pages all out of order in a box. I find them very hard to read, partly because it brings up a lot of stuff, but also because disappointingly it doesn't seem to be very good.

    She was utterly convinced that she was going to send it off to an editor and receive a huge cheque in the mail by return. But I guess I've got to do something with it, and am now getting over my negative associations with people writing that dogged me for a long time. I'm happy with my work.

    So that's me.
     
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    Hello Nightstar, 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 Writing Prompts, 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 site 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 Nightstar99 :)
     
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    Hy! i am srijan duwal from nepal,bhaktapur. i am a student. i am new in this forum. And this forum is new for me. i don't know how to use this forum. And nobody is helping me. i was using other forum before i saw this new forum.
     
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    Hellow!

    Hy! i am srijan duwal from nepal,bhaktapur. i am a student. i am new in this forum. And this forum is new for me. i don't know how to use this forum. i was using other forum before i saw this new forum. i think it would be best for me.
     

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