1. Goldstein

    Goldstein New Member

    Jan 23, 2010
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    Don't steal my ideas!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Goldstein, Jan 23, 2010.

    Hello everyone, I'm Goldstein. Somewhat akin to Cold War spies and undercover sleeper agents, I would have to kill you if I revealed my age or location. I'm probably one of the younger member here, though, so I guess by adult's high standards, I may be immature from time to time. Maybe. Perhaps. My specialties are historic fantasies and mysteries. So...the pleasures all yours! :)
  2. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Heya! I'm Gigi, a diehard Packers fan. It's great to have another member here at the WF. Hope you like it here! :D
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Goldstein, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    We have quite a few members as young as age twelve or thirteen. We do ask that if you are younger than that, you get your parents' approval before taking part in this site. Our content rules are accordingly intended to approximate a US PG-13 film rating.

    As for stealing ideas, ideas aren;t really worth stealing. Story ideas are a dime a dozen, and you can just about forget about coming up with one that isn't a close variation of many that have already been written. It's the writing itself that makes your story unique.

    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 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!
  4. writewizard

    writewizard New Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    To me, stealing others' ideas only wastes time and effort. But then again, that is just me.
  5. soujiroseta

    soujiroseta Contributor Contributor

    Feb 17, 2008
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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Welcome to the forums Goldstein:)
  6. Coldwriter

    Coldwriter New Member

    Dec 7, 2009
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    Some say in an idealistic bubble they cant wait to
    Since I am saying hello, may you also receive the pleasure of Coldwriter:)
    And these forums!
  7. Doug J

    Doug J Active Member

    Feb 21, 2008
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    Wisconsin, U.S.A.
    Hello Goldy,

    Nice to have you. I do believe I'm one of the older (oldest?) member on the forum. and from my perspective there are a ton of young folks - you should fit right in. Have fun.

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