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    Neurotic/writer/mentalist

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jo_and_the_novelist, Jun 9, 2011.

    Hey,

    I'm Jo and I haven't joined a forum in about 10,000 years, because I'm kind of lazy and join forums and then forget to keep up to date with what's going on and then forget I'm even a member and then when I remember again, I discover that the site has been shut down and then I get really annoyed.

    Anyway. Sorry, got side-tracked.

    So, I'm writing my first novel and have been for three years. And I've been closing in on almost finishing for about the past six months. But whenever I work on my novel, I find more problems and the amount of work I need to do gets bigger and bigger. In short; I still haven't finished it.

    In between putting off the considerable amount of work I have to do on my novel, I write a blog (usually about the ways in which I put off doing the considerable amount of work I have to do on my novel) http://joandthenovelist.blogspot.com which you can read if you've got one of those idle moments in your day. Or not. No pressure.

    So, how are you?
     
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    Hi.
    As far as anything creative goes, you can never really finish. As we in the film industry say: the movie is never finished until it hits the cinemas.
    So try not to hold onto it too much, just release it already.
     
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    Welcome, Jo. :)
     
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    Welcome to the WF.
     
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    Hello Jo, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. 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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