1. Dusty

    Dusty New Member

    Jun 10, 2011
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    Hello All

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dusty, Jun 10, 2011.

    Hello I'm Dusty. I'm, at least what I like to think of, as a budding writer. I have always been interested in writing, but just to lazy or to self critical to actually pursue actually trying to write a novel. One of those habits I'm working on fixing.

    As for what I like to write? Well...pretty much what ever strikes my fancy. Currently I have a few ideas, some of them even half started, most of them only half baked. And using a bit of fuzzy math that means I have finished novels right?

    As for what I enjoy reading? Well, I'm not quite sure. I have been told I am very picky. The last few books I read have been Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series, Ruiz Zafón's Shadow of the Wind, a stupid amount of Lovecraft, and most recently Frank Herbert's Dune. (Which if any of you haven't read. Stop what you are doing and go read it...now... :D )

    I know I have some bad habits in writing, and don't read nearly enough, and need a fire lit under my butt. But I really want to honestly try my hand at actually creating a fully realized and complete story. I'm really hoping that if I lurk here long enough, I will be able to address some of these issues.

    Hmm...that's really all I can think of to blather on about.

  2. Mallory

    Mallory Mallegory. Contributor

    Jun 27, 2010
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    Hey Dusty, welcome. Lovecraft is awesome.
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Dusty, 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 Word Games, 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 forum 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!
  5. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)

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