1. John Bender

    John Bender Banned

    Jan 21, 2010
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    good day

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by John Bender, Jan 21, 2010.

    My name in here is John Bender. I’m not a teenager any more and to a doter yet. I’m an amateur writer, though I have sold two short scripts for TV productions a few years ago. My first language is not English but I’ve decided to give it a shot at writing in English. What I hope to find here is a platform to discuss ideas and questions concerning plotting, character development and all that stuff, to get feedback and constructive criticism and to basically find a community of people who share my interest (and sometimes even obsession ;) ) in fantasising over virtual realities and persons.

    I hope to get everything I need from you guys…:D
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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!
  3. writewizard

    writewizard New Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    ;) Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! :)

    BTW, I heard the name Josh Bender before. Do I know you?
  4. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    hi, there!... and welcome!!

    i'll assume your name's not 'john' since you're a girl, so i don't know what to call you... but you should know there are few screenwriters here, which is why you'll find the script section sparsely populated, compared to the prose areas...

    however, i mentor many aspiring screenwriters, so, if you want more help or company than you'll find there, feel free to email me any time... i also work with writers all over the planet, many of whose native tongues are not english, so am used to helping folks fine tune their english, as well as their overall writing skills...

    love and hugs, maia
  5. Coldwriter

    Coldwriter New Member

    Dec 7, 2009
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    Some say in an idealistic bubble they cant wait to
    Maia there is a great resource!
  6. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WF! :D Hope you like it here. :)

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