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    Hi

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kinetica, Mar 11, 2010.

    Hey everyone. I'm a writer, but you should be able to guess that ;p. I've been working on a fantasy piece (also philosophical and symbolic to me, personally) for several years now. But lately, I've been having trouble finding my former passion and it saddens me. Hopefully I can get some of it back by being on here.

    I've registered on a few writing forums in the past, but I always ended up coming to them late and then they die off. This forum seems active, though, so I hope I can actually be a part of it. I've read a few works already, which was what made my decision to register on this forum, so I'm looking forward to reading more and learning from others.
     
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    Hey welcome aboard!
     
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    Hello Kinetica, 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!
     
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    Welcome, Kinetica! I am sure you'll find this to be a wonderful place to get ideas and motivation. I know I have! :)
     
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    thanks for the welcomes : D

    also, could you explain this:

    a little more to me Cogito?

    say your story was posted in script, but you had it re-written in novel form and wanted it published that way. how would that effect it?
     
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    If you plan to publish one of your pieces of writing, the less you publish/post to the public eye, in any form, the better off you are.

    Publishers, on the whole, are only interested in paying for first publication rights. You don't want to give them the means to unilaterally void your contract. Furthermore, publishers want to deal with writers who act like professionals, and professionals don't launch trial balloons of their stories before the "money version."
     
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    Hey, glad to have you here!!! :D
     
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    Greetings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I appreciate the insight. I'm glad I only posted a few things and not the entire thing now.
     

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