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    Quick Intro - Drop in and say hi

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Commander Vimes, Jul 30, 2013.

    Quick intro, I am a male writer in my mid-twenties and I live in Britain. My main interests in terms of writing are Fantasy fiction for longer formats (Novel/Novella); in the shorter format (short stories, flash fiction etc.) I enjoy writing Horror, supernatural and speculative fiction.

    I wanted to get involved somewhere where I can share my experiences and gain further knowledge within the writing world. Hopefully this is the place; any suggestions on where to start in the forums (apart from here) would be welcome.

    Check out something I’ve previously written here: http : // penumbra.musapublishing.com/jonathanlamb.php
     
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    Hello Jonathan, 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!
     
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    Thanks for the advice Cogito, I'll get reading on the suggested items and foray into the areas you mentioned as well. Hopefully I'll be able to give some constructive criticism along the way as well.
     
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    Hi CM,

    there's opportunity for 'top of the head' stuff in some of the word game threads and such - a whole scene of fantasy writers in the RPG. Crit a few of the pieces of writing - there's every shape and size, poetry's strong at the moment. Anyway, enjoy...whenever I get fed up with it I seem to find something else here, it's vibrant.

    Oh yeah, and when you pass 2 week basic training you can post your own writing:)

    atb
     
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    hey ya! :)
     

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