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  1. ZeaMayz

    ZeaMayz Member

    Mar 4, 2011
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    Hi everyone

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ZeaMayz, Mar 5, 2011.

    Hi everyone,

    Just joined the forum and already enjoying reading around, especially the critical reviews.

    I love writing, in whatever form it comes. As a scientist I have published journal articles, so I know about having your work reviewed by critical others. But I also love writing fiction. So now that I am a stay-at-home mom, I want to develop this side a little.

    I actually joined this forum because a few weeks ago, on a whim, I decided to submit a SF short story that I was rather proud of to Asimov's. Well, even though I didn't expect anything else, I was still disappointed when it was turned down.

    But it did bring me to this spot. If I did it wrong, then who can help me get it "write"??

    I did have to laugh though. Cogito - Site Moderator - is the spitting image of a one-time digs-mate from my student days who used to collapse into a helpless pile of shivers when one shnuffled in his ear.

    Anyway, cheers.
  2. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the forums. :)
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
  4. Silver_Dragon

    Silver_Dragon Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2011
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    Hello! Welcome to the forums!
  5. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    I can't say I've ever had a dog shnuffle in my ear, but I imagine it'd be pretty shiver-inducing for anyone.

    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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