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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by The Degenerate, Jan 11, 2011.

    Hello everyone.

    I'm a recent graduate and will be persuing my MFA in Fiction in September. I've been looking for an online writing group to join for the upcoming 9 months of languishment, just to keep the creative juices flowing lest I become stagnant indefinitely. I think the worst part of all this is figuring out what to put in the "Occupation" section of my profile. I can't put student anymore and I was comfortable with that for a while. One day I hope to put writer or managing editor. Yeah, keep dreaming.

    A little about me: I've published a few pieces during college and in a fluke somehow managed to win $200 in a fiction contest -- The most I've made through writing, and the most I ever will, to be sure. Though I've been swamped with writing for the past few years, I think my greatest enjoyment came from editing my college's literary magazine and the Literature department's first fiction anthology. In fact, I enjoyed editing so much that I'm in the preemptive stages of starting my blog/ezine, called The Degenerate. I'll be sure to fill everyone in on its status once it really gets rolling.

    Anyhow, I'm glad to be here, and thank you for having me.
     
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    Hello D Generate, 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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