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    What is the best way to use this forum?

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GThor, Jan 29, 2014.

    This forum is so brimming with information that I, a new and already floundering writer, am unsure where to even begin. How can I get best use from this forum?

    Thank you for taking the time to respond.
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    Welcome to the forum. :)

    Please have a look through the Forum Rules, and the FAQ as a start. Then, have a look at the conversations taking place in the Writing Workshop. You'll need to do a couple of critiques yourself before being able to post there, so it's really the place to be.

    Have fun! :D

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    Hello GT, 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 Writing Prompts, 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 site 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.

    I hope this has answered your question, at least to some degree.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Thanks for the direction.

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    Hi. Welcome aboard. We all flounder from time to time.
     
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    Thanks Ginger
    Thank you GC and I've already found your guidance helpful.
     
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    Cogito, I gotta say this long and constructive response of yours was way beyond the call of duty, even if you weren't 'retired'. I'm at once excited and a bit nervous to so openly expose myself to the criticism of others. Not necessarily because I fear criticism, as much as I dread not taking advantage of all the wide spectrum of knowledge already available here, and rightfully appearing the fool. On the other hand, I could spend the rest of my life using this excuse. I'll try to find a happy medium. Thank you for getting me off on the right foot.
     
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    Thanks Wrey. I appreciate the immediate support I've received since coming here.
     

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