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    Hola, Guttentag and all that stuff

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bright Shadow, Feb 24, 2011.

    Greetings!

    I'm a fantasy writer who gave it up for years and is now trying to get back in the swing of things. I figure if a certain someone with a novel about vampires that sparkle could do it, so can I.

    Biggest influences are Jim Butcher, Ursula K Le Guin, Raymond E Feist, HP Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker and Charles De Lint.

    Ohh...and I was ACTUALLY KICKED OFF ANOTHER WRITING FORUM, which I will not name, for saying I think Tolkien's prose was good, but kind of long winded.

    Not saying I hate LOTR, just saying the story got bogged down in the wordiness of it all. How that's trolling, I don't know.

    Peace and good luck,

    The Bright Shadow
    (ten points to the person who can tell me where I got that user name from)
     
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    Grüß Gott!

    A word of advice: when you come to a new place, never let the first thing you do be to complain about the last place you came from. It doesn't go down very well with the audience. This is very applicable to job interviews as well.
     
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    Welcome. :)
    Yay, you're a Nightwish fan.
     
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    Hello Bright Shadow, 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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