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    Hi

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Alex16, Oct 16, 2010.

    I'm new here and like to write.
    A bit about myself: I'm 17, almost, and I started to write recently, because it took me a while to decide whether to start writing or not.
    Anyway, I would like to post my story here, but I'm afraid that it's no good and that nobody here will like it, although I showed it to a few people in real life and they liked it. I'm a bit weird from this point of view, I know.
     
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    Welcome. :)
    You have to do two reviews before posting any of your work. But don't be afraid about the responses, getting honest critiques will improve your writing. Plus, not everyone will like everything you write anyway.
     
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    I made the two constructive critiques thing. And I hope they counted, not sure.
    And thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it.
     
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    hello and welcome
     
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    Hello Alex, 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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    And is it ok if I put here just parts of chapters, not the whole ones, and just a few chapters?
     
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    Okay in the sense of will it harm your first publication rights?

    There is no absolute answer. The greater the percentage of the piece of writing that is available online, the more likely a particular publisher will reject your writing as already published, and the more grounds you give them to break your contract at a later time.

    You are always better off posting something you do NOT intend to publish. You can learn just as much about improving your writing without jeopardizing the piece of writing you want to sell.
     
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    Welcome to the site. Don't worry about rejection, it is really something you can't avoid. As far as liking it, we will have to see.
     

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