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    Hi all . . .

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Computersleuth, Mar 19, 2011.

    Thanks for allowing me to join your forum.

    I have a background as a software developer; writing technical specifications and patents. I am now working on my first (and possibly, only) novel. My novel covers 350 years of the money trust and how they've brought us to this point in history. And by the way, if this book has already been written; then please let me know . . . because I can then go do something else. :cool:

    The craft of storytelling is new to me; there's a lot I need to learn to do it well.

    I almost forgot . . . my name is Dave. I look forward to chatting with you . . .
     
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    Hello Dave, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop 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 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. 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, Dave. :)
     
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    Hi Cogito,

    Thanks for updating me on all of the rules. . . . There are a couple of rules related to the Writing Workshop that I would not have expected. Especially regarding the number of posts seeking critique vs. the number of critiques provided.

    Again, thanks for all your info.
    - Dave
     
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    Welcome to the WF. :D
     
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    Thanks. :)
     
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    Hello, Dave :D Welcome!
     
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    Hi and welcome Dave. Love your avatar by the way.
     
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