1. Olim

    Olim New Member

    May 29, 2011
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Olim, May 29, 2011.

    Hi everyone!

    I've always loved stories, both reading and writing them, yet somehow ended up as a scientist. Most of the writing I've done has been technical, but I'm looking to change that. I have lots of stories and bits of writing bouncing around, but I don't have much self confidence, so I'm really nervous about discussing writing (science is much easier, it's so absolute).
    I'm hoping that this forum will help me be a bit more confident about discussing writing, and I'm sure it will teach me a lot :)
  2. haribol

    haribol New Member

    May 27, 2011
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    In fact you can immensely draw upon scientific searches as raw materials for fiction. Today there is a lot of demand for science fiction. It is really fascinating to make a fusion of science and imagination. I have always been intrigued by scientific searches. Science really broadens our imaginative faculties.

    Creativity can have origin anywhere. Even economics and commerce can fuel our creative knack if we can deftly make use of them. All we want today is new and when you can give something of novelty and move your readers you will be successful as a writer. I am an economist yet I never take economics outside the domain of literature. It is mutually inclusive despite the fact that there is a clear demarcation between these two disciplines. All we need is apply our knowledge and technique in a proficient way to move our readers. Today technology and science has been integral to us and we cannot think about life without the Internet and cellphone though there may be still millions living without them in some undeveloped economies. I have not a single day that goes spent without using these modern gadgets. It has been an integral part of my life.

    Science and humanity are not mutually exclusive realms. The dexterous amalgam of both into creative use will result in catalytic impacts.

    I look forward to reading your science fiction, Mr. Scientist.
  3. Mallory

    Mallory Mallegory. Contributor

    Jun 27, 2010
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    Tampa Bay
    ^ Agreed. I bet you'd write awesome sci fi. :)

  4. Leonardo Pisano

    Leonardo Pisano Active Member

    Jan 21, 2011
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    Welcome, Olim. I disagree with you, though. Scientific writing is not easier or mode difficult; it's just a different trade. Regardless, I am looking forward to your contributions.
  5. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
  6. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the forums.
  7. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Olim, 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!

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