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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BamaBreeze, Aug 22, 2011.

    Hello all,

    My name is Clint Vance and I'm originally from Alabama. Currently, I am active duty Army and will be leaving for much greener pastures in about 2 years - law school. I didn't really find my passion for writing until recently. I started writing seriously a little over 2 months ago, and I have found an obsessive need to continue. I love it, and I have no idea if anything will ever manifest from this hobby, but I thought joining this forum would at least give me the opportunity to socialize with others who hopefully share my new found passion.

    I started a blog (www.cowbellblogger.com) two months ago and that is where I've been doing all of my writing. Most of it is opinion-based and I am not here to "promote" my blog at all. Rather, I am just trying to express that most of my writings have been more opinion/true stores and not fiction. I read through the rules and I don't think that I am violating anything by talking about an outside source (my blog), but if I have done that, I apologize.

    I am wanting to write fiction, but unsure as to the success I will have and not even sure exactly what I want to write about. I do have a few ideas, though. I am definitely looking forward to reading what others have posted on here and will hopefully post some of my own writings in the near future. I look forward to meeting all of you. Thanks.

    Clint
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the forums.
     
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    Hello, welcome to the Writing Forums! :)
     
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    Welcome, Clint. :)
     
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    Hello Clint, 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 Clint! Thank you for your services in the name of our country.

    I look forward to seeing your writing!
     
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