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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Quorum1, Sep 12, 2010.

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new :D I've been looking around the site for a while now, but decided to sign up for some inspiration and motivation to work on my writing.

    So, about me - For as long as I can remember I've loved to write. I figured I'd write a book one day, but never had an idea I was happy to pursue. A few years ago I got serious and started drafting a novel, got ten chapters in, realised it was crap, scrapped it and started again (with an actual plan this time!).

    I got a bit distracted by life for a while (became a parent) but I've already learnt so much just from reading posts on this forum, I'm excited to pick it up and keep slogging away (when I find a few seconds here and there).

    I don't know any writers IRL so it should be nice to have people who understand to bounce ideas off.

    :)
     
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    Welcome. New here myself and I can relate to "ten chapters of crap," scrapping the whole thing and starting over.
     
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    *sigh* heartbreaking no? Live and learn I guess :rolleyes: On the upshot I did learn that I am in fact capable of producing ten chapters... and I now know how to write crap :p
     
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    Hi and welcome
     
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    Hellooo and welcome. :) Writing crap is all part of the great path to being a writer, so don't worry, you're doing the right thing. :p
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    I think you should post what you have written for critique, to gauge where your writing stands. Who knows it might not be as crappy as you think :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    I will eventually - better figure out how to do some constructive critiques myself first!

    To be fair, some of the ten chapters were OK - but it was lacking in direction, and my protagonist was a bit hollow and unsympathetic. I get better with each stuff-up though, so at the rate I'm going I'll be a creative genius in no time :p
     
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    Hello Quorum, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room 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 Review Room, 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 Review Room, 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 Review Room 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 Review Room 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 lol

    My first draft of my young adult novel was 50,000 words of crap :) - it is now a much better book. I am always deleting and starting again.
     
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    Welcome, I'm Catmyname. Some people (not sure if anyone on here) will know me as C.J. :)
    C.J. Bailey is my pen-name, and I currently have a book that I co-authored coming out. I'm twelve :)

    Great to meet you, by the way! Glad we have another person to be fabulous buddies with, and don't forget that you have to review at least two stories before posting your own for reviews!

    ~Cat
     

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