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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by carbonbased, Oct 10, 2010.

    I know, I know, the suspense from my title must be killing you. Worry not, my originality doesn't stop there. This is my first post! Shocking, isn't it?

    Ahem...after a rigorous exercise in Boolean searching, (i.e. typing "writing forum" into Google) I stumbled across this site. A month ago, I started a project for writing 100 word short stories every day. It's fun, but eventually I want to write longer pieces. Hopefully I'll be able to improve my own haphazard writing style by reading here.

    Yep, that's about it. Nice to meet everyone.
     
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    Hello Carbon Based, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room 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 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 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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    Why hello fellow carbon-based unit! I hope you enjoy this social network forum. Members here are continually posting their creations, and I think you shall find a pleasant plethora of material to enjoy and critique.

    I like your 100-word short story idea. Mind if I steal the exercise for myself?

    Have fun here :)
     
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    Hi Carbon! Welcome to the forum, it's a fun place.
     
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    Hello and welcome
     
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    Thanks for the welcomes.

    Tessie91, as the annoyed patent office employee so kindly pointed out, my idea is hardly original. Feel free to write one, it's more difficult than it seems. Plots aren't easy to explain in so few words. (Plus you can send it my way to put on my site, hint hint)
     
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    I had to stop by and return the greeting. From one noob to another, hope to see you around.
     
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    Gosh, the suspense from your title nearly did kill me. :p
    Welcome. :)
     
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    Hi CarbonBased. Welcome :D Enjoy your time here.
     
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    Hey there, and welcome to the forum. :D
     
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    I, for one, am shocked. SHOCKED! I say... :D

    Welcome to WF.
     

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