1. undertheradar

    undertheradar New Member

    Jul 23, 2013
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    Hi everyone

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by undertheradar, Jul 23, 2013.

    This site is somewhat of a departure for me - I do quite a lot of non-fiction writing since I co-run a magazine website dedicated to a sport, which we launched this year and which has become more successful than we ever imagined it would (people actually like our work enough to pay to advertise on the site, which was a surprise to us all).

    I'm a scientist by training and trade, but have always had a huge love of and for the arts, and I am a real lover of fiction - anything and everything - and the website has given me the confidence to have a go at a fiction story which has been rattling around in my brain for a while.

    I put pen to paper, or more accurately fingers to keyboard, for the first time today, and then I thought I should probably get some help from people who actually know what they're doing! So here I am.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    I too am a scientist by training (I used to be a research chemist) with a love of the arts.

    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!
  3. srijan

    srijan New Member

    Jul 25, 2013
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    Hy! i am srijan duwal from nepal,bhaktapur. i am a student. i am new in this forum. And this forum is new for me. i don't know how to use this forum. And nobody is helping me. i was using other forum before i saw this new forum.

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