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    New To Writing - But Love It

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chuckalicious, Aug 4, 2011.

    Hello everyone,

    I am an untrained, inexperienced writer. I have only really started writing since I found out I was going to be a dad. I started blogging about my experience, going from a married man to a dad at http://itsadadslife.co.uk.

    Since starting this, I have had a few comments that people have enjoyed my writing, but I don't know if they are just being polite.

    As I say, I've discovered I really enjoy writing and would love to do more of it. I don't have a particular topic in mind and I quite like the idea being given a brief by someone and writing an article for say a website or a magazine. I also quite like (and this may offend some) the idea of writing erotic material.

    I have looked about on the net but there are so many avenues on how to go about this I'm totally stumped as to where to start, or even if I have the ability to do so, hence my appreciation of any feedback you are willing to provide.

    I'm looking forward to going through all of the information on this site - it may take me some time!

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    First, congratulations on your soon-to-be baby! And second, congratulations on your self-discovery.
    I hope you find what you're looking for in the forums, and good day to you!
     
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    Thanks Marranda. The baby is here and is wonderful.
     
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    Congrats on the baby!

    Don't worry about offending people, unless that's your goal. But you have to write what you're passionate about.

    I'm glad that you've had positive reviews on your blog. Sounds like you're building an audience and that's a great move.
     
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    Welcome to the WF.
     
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    Hello Chuck, 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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    Congrats on your baby! :)
    By the way, welcome to the Writing Forums!:)
     
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    Thank you for the detailed reply. I will be sure to check out the link and the rest of the site.
     

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