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    Right, I am new here

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ClockworkOrange, Apr 16, 2011.

    Hello, I live in Israel and I serve as a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, once a tank driver, now a communication technician.
    Been looking for some time now for a place to post my writings, now that I found one I'll kindly test it for the quality of the posters and writers here.
    I hope my material will be tolerated as it contains content that shouldn't be available for minors. I do not write for shock value so hopefully my work will be accepted. I am planning on participating in the contests now, hopefully I will meet some good opponents.
     
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    Good to have you here:)
     
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    Hello Clockwork Orange, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    We do restrict content on this site, approximately equivalent to a PG-13 US film rating. But the purpose of posting writing here for critique is to improve the writing quality, not to display complete works. For that purpose, you should be able to post excerpts that do not violate the content restrictions.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop 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 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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    Cogito, isn't it enough to display a "Reader discretion is advised"? I use a lot of exaggerated descriptions for violence in order to provoke emotions and to manipulate the readers. It's a very important aspect of my writings. An example for such description would be a man eating chewing shards of glass, till he chokes from his own bloody mess. A very graphic and detailed scene. Would you suggest there is not but a single section for adult writings? Using sex, violence, harsh language, all very important aspects to describe the times we live in, some of those stories should not be appropriate for 13 years old. What I will post here in those forums will not be excerpts of a project, but more likely to be tests and appreciation quality of my way of writing.

    Would like to get an answer for that ^^
     

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