1. alexwebb
    Offline

    alexwebb Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Manchester

    Hi

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alexwebb, Feb 24, 2010.

    Just a quick hello. I've had a look around the site and I'm impressed. Just what I'm looking for.

    Biography!
    I live in the UK and my writing is a hobby but like many others here, I yearn to make it more. I have completed a novel (117,000 words) and have started another so it's time to start doing something with my work. I hope joining an online community like this will help and will aspire to make a valuable contribution.

    That's about it I suppose.

    Thanks,
    Alex
     
  2. Cogito
    Offline

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,935
    Likes Received:
    2,043
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Alex, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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!
     
  3. Tigress
    Offline

    Tigress Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2010
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Welcome, Alex! Congratulations on your novel. What genre is it? I'm about 20,000 words into my first fantasy novel so I truly appreciate the work you must have put into yours. :)
     
  4. alexwebb
    Offline

    alexwebb Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Manchester
    Hiya Tigress,

    It's a thriller. All told in the first person, but from the prospectives of 5 different characters. Yes, it was a lot of work but had to be done. If nothing else it was a great learning process and has made me a better writer. But fingers crossed!
     
  5. writewizard
    Offline

    writewizard Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    Messages:
    840
    Likes Received:
    7
    :)Greetings and welcome to the website.:)
     
  6. Tigress
    Offline

    Tigress Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2010
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Very cool! Good luck to you and keep us posted on how things progress. :)
     
  7. Gigi_GNR
    Offline

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    12,143
    Likes Received:
    250
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome! :D
     
  8. cboatsman
    Offline

    cboatsman Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    California
    Welcome.

    Caleb
     

Share This Page