1. ponyo11t

    ponyo11t New Member

    Jun 30, 2013
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ponyo11t, Jun 30, 2013.

    Hey all.

    I'm a noob when it comes to writing. I have tons of ideas but never actually got them out of my head because I don't know where to start. My goal is to write a novel and get it published, but I'd be satisfied with a completed story that I can be proud of.

    My concerns are related to my autism diagnosis. I don't have Asperger's, because I don't have empathy difficulties, and I'm closer to the "norm" when it comes to socializing. However, my thoughts are very literal and structured, and I sometimes use words in ways that don't quite make sense to other people.

    I'm an overall slow person when it comes to writing, so I may not finish the story until a few years from now. I prefer to enjoy the journey.

    So I guess that's it. I look forward to learning and hopefully I'll make a few friends. ^__^
  2. blackstar21595

    blackstar21595 New Member

    Jan 21, 2013
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    What's up Pony. Be sure to read the FAQs so you don't do noob things. And don't make threads that say "Can this idea make a good story?" Just post your writing once you meet the requirements of the Writing Workshop which are being a member for 14 days, making at least 2 critiques of other people's work for each thread you make in the Writing Workshop, and have at least 20 posts collectively. You're only 17 posts away! If I were you I'd critique other peoples's works and look at what others said so you can learn as a writer! Hope you stay with us :D
    By the way, love the anime profile pic. I get the feeling it's from Haruhi.
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Ponyo, 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!

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