1. markimedes

    markimedes New Member

    Nov 24, 2010
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    London, UK

    Greetings and salutations.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by markimedes, Nov 24, 2010.

    Hello all.

    I'm Mark (no big surprise there considering my username:), and I've joined because for some idiotic reason, it's only just dawned on me that there would be forums for writers on this here interweb... I'm not usually this slow... honest.

    I've had little bits of non-fiction published here and there - trust me, absolutely nothing to write home about (excuse the pun) - but my labour of love is a story that I've been developing for over a decade now. Finally I got to the point at the beginning of this year where I decided "enough of the research and development" and started writing, putting pen to paper.

    After various ups and downs I finally finished the first draft a couple of weeks ago - the first draft of the first book that is - and now I'm having problems (I really thought it was supposed to get easier after the 1st draft :).

    So here I am, having stumbled upon this fine resource, and will kindly be asking for advice... and if at all possible, offering it too.

  2. Tessie

    Tessie Contributor Contributor

    Aug 8, 2010
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    ha ha. . . Hi and welcome! . . it isn't supposed to get easier. Who ever told you that?

    Hope you have fun here :p
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. 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 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!
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    markimedes, I like that. Clever. :) Welcome!

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