1. ken90004

    ken90004 New Member

    Nov 24, 2008
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    Greeting from the Midwest

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ken90004, Nov 24, 2008.

    Hi, my name is Ken and I am a writingholic. I start the evening thinking I am only going to type a few sentences, and before I know it the night is half gone, and I finished off chapters. Then I get up the next morning, look over what I did the night before, and think how terrible that grammar is. I am going to have to spend my kid’s college funds just to have it professionally edited.

    On a little more serious note, I am working on a fantasy novel, but I do not know if I can say it is my preference. It just happens to be the story floating around in some random neurons right now.

    I have found some very good books on writing techniques, and I am hoping that this forum can expand on that. I would like to find the good, bad, and the ugly of what I am writing before I make the attempt to share my artwork.

    How did I found the forum? There was a sign about two miles back and with my superior male tracking abilities that all males are born with, I got lost. I drove around for four hours until I ran out of gas. When I stopped to get gas, my wife went in to ask directions, and what do you know, we were circling the forum the whole time.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Or, you could have consulted this map:
    I hope it was helpful.

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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.

    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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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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  3. garmar69

    garmar69 Contributor Contributor

    Jul 25, 2008
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    Hi Ken, welcome to the forum.

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