1. JCAC138

    JCAC138 New Member

    Jul 10, 2013
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    A "hello" from the other side of the hedge

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JCAC138, Jul 10, 2013.

    This is the first time I join and write in a public forum that doesn't have anything to do with the games I play (World of Warcraft). Anyways, I am new here so I hope I can get some replies to this thread in order to know what to expect from these forums, or make friends. I will start by telling you a little about myself from the "writing" perspective. I really enjoy writing short stories, and I am working my way to start writing my first novel. The reason I haven't started it yet is because I am not very familiar with the way writers organize events, words, characters, and setting in a -long- story. <-- That is the reason why I write short stories instead of novels.
    The reason I joined this forums is because I want to learn the "trick" to do what I mentioned above, and maybe chat as well as critique and post some stories myself.
    My writing genre is kinda "peculiar"; this- due to the fact that I write from the perspective of dreams. You will understand once you read my first story. Also, most people don't understand the stories I write when they read it for the first time; this is because everything I write, every single detail has a meaning behind the scenes, and more related to the -actual- plot of the story.

    I hope I am in good hands.
    PS: If the way I write threads stands out of the ordinary from the writing forum (I don't know because I haven't read any thread yet), is because I am used to posting in game forums.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello and 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.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!

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