1. Defilemyself

    Defilemyself New Member

    May 27, 2013
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    Greetings fellow wordsmiths

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Defilemyself, Jun 14, 2013.

    Thought it was about time I did one of these, though I am not entirely sure of the correct etiquette. So. I like books. Love some of them; JRR, Dahl, Chechov, Matheson all immediately spring to mind. Studied English at University. Been trying my hand at writing for a while, the signs are encouraging, I just need to accelerate the word count per day ratio, so any advice there would be greatly appreciated. I suppose I should also add the disclaimer that if I post a particularly blunt review of your work please don't be offended, I'm an asshole sometimes when it comes to language, but I am genuinely trying to help. Any questions feel free to PM me. Peace.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Defile, 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!
  3. chicagoliz

    chicagoliz Contributor Contributor

    May 30, 2012
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    Welcome, Defile! What sort of stuff do you like to write?
  4. huntsman40

    huntsman40 Active Member

    May 29, 2013
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    Hi, and welcome to the forum.

    As to your question about word count I’m not sure there is an easy fix to that. The only factors are how fast you can type, how much time you spend at the keyboard and how creative your mind is when you are sat in front of that screen, staring at the blank page with its blinking cursor mocking you.

    Why are you concerned about your word count per day? Are you working to a deadline of some sort?
  5. PeterJ

    PeterJ New Member

    May 14, 2013
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    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Hello and welcome!

    I am new as well.

    As for the direct nature of your reviews: I welcome it! Better to directly tell someone they suck (and tell them how to improve, of course) then to beat around the bush.

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