1. cjs0216

    cjs0216 New Member

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    Hi All

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cjs0216, Nov 14, 2010.

    Hello everyone, obviously new here. I'm one of those writers who is full of ideas, but never commits them. I've started tons of projects but never finished them. Hopefully, one of these days, I'll actually have the fortitude to finish something. Anyways, I'm happy to be here and I see you have a great community here.
     
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hello CJS, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    If you're a Sue Grafton fan, you can't be all bad. ;) Does that mean mystery is your genre of choice, or do you just love her characterizations?

    Please read How to Use the Review Room 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 Review Room, 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 Review Room, 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 Review Room 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 Review Room 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. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Hi and welcome to the forums, CJS. :)
     
  4. cjs0216

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    Thanks for the welcome guys! I appreciate it. My ideas never start out being detective-y, but as I develope them, it always turns to that. I guess it's probably because I read detective novels almost exclusivly, that or at least suspense/thrillers. As far as publishing, if I ever get that far, I'm not really worried about that right now as my main focus is just getting something finished. If I do ever finish something, I'mlikely to publish it on Lulu.com or something of that nature. Writing, at least right now, isn't something I care to do for money anyways...obviously that's always subject to change, but that's my feeling on it at the moment.
     
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