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    Timidly steps into the forum ...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BEyre, Apr 6, 2011.

    Heya!

    While I've dabbled in writing here and there ... I am starting my adventure in writing a novel.

    Today, I've been working on creating the characters, figuring out the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, and HOW, and writing a basic rough outline/synopsis.

    Genre(s): Crime Drama, Murder Mystery, Police Procedural.
    The setup is similar to how Law and Order and Castle TV shows are setup: someone is murdered and the cops have to figure out who and why.

    However, mine will have a twist! Yeah, I know ... all authors say that ... but mine really does! Honest! :D
     
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    Hello BEyre. I wish for best that your dabbling (in writing) results in something fantastic!
     
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    Hello B Eyre, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    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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    Welcome to the WF.
     
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    Hi and welcome. :)
     
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    Hey, and welcome. :)
     
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    Thanks for the Welcomes!

    Since I'm still at the very beginning of writing my first draft, it would be many moons before I would post anything for critique.

    The whole reason I joined this forum, and a few others, is more to learn from those more seasoned writers.

    - Learn various writing processes to find one that suits my needs best.
    - Learn what pitfalls to avoid early on to avoid headaches (editing headaches, publishing headaches, etc).
    - Learn any tips/tricks for the genre I'm writing in.

    While I know for many writers, writing fan fiction is considered "drabble" and childish, the same process is there on a certain fan fiction website as what this forum supports: critiquing others' works and in the process, learning more about your own writing style and how to improve your work. So, I wholeheartedly agree with the format of this forum. And I hope to be able to contribute constructive criticism that is beneficial.

    This is going to be a long ride ... I hope I brought enough snacks with me! :D
     
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    Don't be timid! (At least not in your writing.) I always love a good crime novel, so I'm looking forward to seeing you work through the whole process from A to Z.

    I don't know if you can call me a seasoned writer though, but I'm a good "reader" and will try to help in any way I can.

    Btw, even though I don't read much fanfiction (except a few Jeeves and Wooster ones), I personally don't consider it childish at all, as long as it's well-written. :)
     
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    Hey! I have a mystery novel as well! I think that we have much in common, and could really benefit each other in the forum. Nice to meet you!
     
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    Don't step timidly - be confident and bold. ;)

    Welcome to the forums. I love crime thrillers.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum:)
     

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