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    Salutations

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Harlequin, Jul 25, 2011.

    I am Harlequin from Illinois.
    I have been writing for 6 years. I plan to have my newest project published, but that is a big undertaking, so I'll see how it goes.

    Though it isn't a lot, thank you for reading this.
    Send me a message. I don't bite.
     
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    Hello Harlequin, 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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    Hey and welcome to the forums! It sounds great that you plan on being published, what might your project be?
     
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    Actually, I have three going at the moment, one is old, one is semi-old and the last is entirely new. I made a promise to someone that I would finish the first, so I'll at least do that, but I'm not sure it's worthy of being published. The second seems to have drawn a small crowd, what of it I put on my facebook and website. The newest, though, is crisp and I like it the best. I wanted to post it, but I can't quite yet. I have one more review to do. Or will this post count?
     
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    Jayyy1014 Jerrica Contributor

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    Welcome!! (I don't bite either) Well.. Not too bad that is. :p
    About your question, You have to be here for at least two weeks, have 20 posts, and also Give two constructive reviews. Constructive NOT meaning "It was good" You have to be at least A little more in depth.
     
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    I understand. Thank you for the explanation.
     
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    Jayyy1014 Jerrica Contributor

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    you're very welcome, But the reviews are not that bad! I promise. Most people think they are, But, really it's to help encourage people that don't review or are afraid of reviewing to review so that in the long run, They'll learn and become better writers :) Also So they don't just post up a million different pieces and expect feedback while not giving other members feedback :) Someone has to give feedback right? :p but anyways I have to say I like your username :D
     
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    I understand the reviewing process and I'm not one to half-a** anything, so I'm not worried.
    Thank you. I appreciate the complement.
     
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    Yeah, It's not too bad :D And you're welcome
     
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    Welcome.
     
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    I almost bought a bracelet with your signature on it. I am fond of the quote.
     

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