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    *waves casually*

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Everlasting Undead, Oct 6, 2009.

    Hi everyone,

    My name's Ben (yep, my user name isn't my real name, unfortunately,) and I've been interested in writing stories since I was 9. I'm now 29, so I'd like to think my style has progressed and improved quite a lot in that time.

    I've worked on a few tales in my time, but have only started to take things really seriously for the past couple of years, and am really hoping to get something published in the future - it's the pipe dream, I know. I've been looking in to these things, and I know that the best way to get started is to write a couple of short stories: herein lies my problem, as I can't write a short story (which I'll get in to in a second).

    The first thing I wrote (and completed) was a rewrite of war of the worlds - I was 9, this was written in pencil and had quite a few full-page sketches. I really wish I could go back and read this, it would make me cringe, I'm sure, but I like a good laugh every now and then.

    I've worked on a few other things following this, normally short pieces based on films I'd seen that had a big impact on my frail little mind. It wasn't until I was in high school I started to branch out into working on original material, and did a number of short tales staring the kids I went to school with. One of these tales soon changed into what I worked on for a number of years, going through constant rewrites and changes in the story or characters. I completed this in college, and came up with a novel which was 101,797 words. I was pretty pleased with this story and its evolution and wanted to see what I could do to get it published: but I knew I'd need to start doing short stories to submit to magazines before I broke out the literal "big guns".

    The short story was to be a prequel to this novel I was so pleased with.

    I finished the short story last year, which had turned into a total rewrite of the original novel, and had increased to over 430,000 words. This story has been my life for the past 5 years, it's been read by a few people to get feedback, and what I've had so far has been very helpful.

    I need to work on short stories, and I'm hoping that I can get plenty of feedback from here to aid my development and progress: I'm under no delusions that I could leave work and become a full-time writer (though it would be cool if I could) - but just having the ability to say to my little girl "I wrote this book... but you can't read it until you're older" would be great enough.

    In case you couldn't tell by my introduction - I do tend to go on sometimes.
     
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    Hello Ben,

    Welcome to the forums!
     
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    Hello Ben, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work 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 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 forums!!
     
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    Hey and Welcome!!
     
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    Hey. Who doesn't go on sometimes?
     
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