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  1. spamalope01

    spamalope01 Member

    Feb 23, 2011
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    Birmingham, Alabama

    Hey everyone!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by spamalope01, Feb 24, 2011.

    Hey all....

    I just wanted to pop in and say hello before I started slinging comments and responses all over the board.

    I'm a published horror writer (although from time to time I have written other things) who is looking for....inspiration.....motivation.....I've hit a slow patch recently - well...maybe not so recently....it's gone on for the last 2 years.

    I have been in writing groups here in my home town before (not that there are many to choose from) but I never really managed to make any connections with the people there (being the only person who wrote horror didn't help) and so my time with them was fairly short lived.

    However, despite not making really any personal connections with any of the people in the groups, I did find myself feeling a bit more excited about writing again (something I haven't felt since before my divorce) and actually produced a couple of stories. But since I'm not with those groups anymore, the excitement has faded. I'm hoping that I can get it back by making friends here in this group.

    Looking forward to interacting with you all.

  2. ArtWander

    ArtWander Contributing Member

    Jan 24, 2011
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    Redlands, CA
    Welcome to the forum, Jonathan :)
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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  4. amateurvoice

    amateurvoice Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2011
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    Welcome to the site! :)
  5. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
  6. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop 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 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. 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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