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    New writer and high-school graduate!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Michael Shaw, Jun 10, 2013.

    Hey everyone,

    I'm a recent high-school graduate and lover of writing. I'm new to this forum (I've already almost made the mistake of posting this in the wrong section :rolleyes:), but I'm excited to see and be involved in the topics that are discussed here.

    If you want to know a little about me, I published my first book just recently through Lulu self-publishing, and I'm excited to see that others are already enjoying the book themselves. I was featured on Live Fully Blog and can be found on facebook. With that said, though, I am defintely a novice in the area of publishing and look forward to learning from the advice and experience of you good people on this site!

    I can't wait to some of you all, learn from others' experience, and share some of my own input as well,

    Michael
     
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    Hi Michael, welcome to Writing Forums! I have to say congrats on graduating too, that's something to be excited about! (I know how that feels with having been out of school for a year.) Wishing you continued success with your book and hope you enjoy your time on the forum. Tons to learn and read! :)

    ~Jess
     
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    Hey Michael! Congratulations for your first published book. I'm sure you will feel right at home in this community. :)
     
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    Hooray for finishing high school and a book. When do you start college? :D
     
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    Hey Michael, 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 Writing Prompts, 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 site 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!
     
  6. Michael Shaw
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    I move in August 17 and classes start the 25.
    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!
     

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