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    The stuff nightmares are made of...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stevenchapmanwriter, Jun 9, 2011.

    Hey, everyone.

    I’m Steven, a horror writer from the UK. A friend of mine just suggested I join this site so I thought I’d come along and check it out.

    I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember…well I mean I’ve been interested in writing for as long as I can remember. If I’d actually been writing for as long as I could remember I’d have several hundred books finished by now…and a very tired right arm.

    So I write horror mainly, but have dabbled in many other fields. It’s hard to pigeon-hole horror into one defined category as there is a lot of drama, action and even comedy involved, but horror is where my interests lie.

    I’ve had a few short stories published (horror of course) and I’m currently working on my (God knows what number) novel. I’ve got a few on the go but I’m trying to concentrate on the current one long enough that I have a first draft…then I’ll let myself switch onto the others while I give my WIP time to breathe (I’m about 77k in for those who are interested).

    Feel free to check me out properly at my website.

    http://stevenchapmanwriter.blogspot.com
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the forums.
     
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    Welcome. I love horror, so I'd be interested in being a reviewer or beta reader if you're looking for one. Feel free to send me a PM.
     
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    Thanks for the offer, Mallory. I'll remember your name if I need anything reviewing, thanks.
     
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    No problem. Have you ever read Bentley Little's books? He's a good horror author from what I've read.
     
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    Yeah, I've read a couple of his books. I think I have a few more of his at home that I haven't read yet as well. Probably time to pull them off the shelf and have a read.

    I had to leave a 'few' authors off of my profile page, otherwise it would have gotten a bit crowded! The links page on my blog gives a more accurate list of authors I enjoy.

    In fact Bentley is first on the list! (Alphabetically that is)
     
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    Welcome, Steven. :)
     
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    A friend referred you here? What an awesome friend! You should probably send that friend a bucket of Maltesers to thank them for their awesomeness...
     
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    No point, the bucket wouldn't last more than five seconds...and it would just be another excuse for her NOT to write!!
     
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    Pah... Lazy. I wouldn't take any more advice from her. She's *obviously* a moron.

    PS. Stop distracting me. I'm trying to write my masterpiece.
     
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    Yeah, it looks like it :p
     
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    Write my masterpiece/make brownie cheesecake thing/post messages on writing forums. Y'know. Multi-tasking...
     
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    I've heard of that...it's a woman thing, right? Like seeing in more than 16 colours and enjoying curtains?
     
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    Hello Steven, 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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