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    New Writer

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PorkPieSalad, Jul 21, 2011.

    Hi,

    I'm completely new to writing. I've always read a lot, but just started thinking about becoming a writer. I've enrolled on a OU course from Oct, which covers Creative Writing as a topic which I'm looking forward to.

    I've started a short-story (1000 words so far), and I'm looking to get some kind of critique once it's complete - is this the place, or can you recommend anywhere I can get this?

    Any guidance you can give at all is gratefully received,

    Cheers
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forums (and also congrats on your selection of writing as a hobby!). you have most definitely come to the right place. Before worrying about receiving critiques though, spend some time in some of the other threads, they might help you with your writing skill or give you a sudden brain wave for a new story idea/plot point!

    If you feel like you're ready to receive a critique for a particular piece of work, there are a few rules you need to be aware of. Head over here to familiarize yourself with the rules.

    To sum up, in order to post your short story for reviews, you must be a member for at least 14 days, have 20 posts to your name, and have completed 2 constructive critiques on other peoples work.

    Hope this helps and I hope you enjoy your stay!!
     
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    Welcome, both to the site and to writing :) if you plan to try and get the story published eventually you should be aware of the fact that posting it online could be an obstacle when submitting. depends on how you want it published, I guess. good luck.
     
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    Hello PPS, 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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    Welcome to the Writing Forums! :) I hope you enjoy your stay! :D
     
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