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  1. longreach

    longreach New Member

    Oct 4, 2010
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    Hi from an aspiring crime writer

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by longreach, Oct 4, 2010.

    Hi, Greetings .I am an aspiring author and hope i can gain a lot of information and guidance from this site . I understand that my grammer etc is lacking but what i lack in grammer etc i hope i can make up with life experiance having living on three continents and having a very used suit case.
  2. Aszyllin

    Aszyllin Member

    Oct 2, 2010
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    Hi there Longreach!
    Sounds like you have an interesting life and could use that to your advantage in your writing :)
    Hope to hear from you,
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Unfortunately, mastery of grammar is not optional for a writer. If it's a weak point, you'll have to work on it. If you put in the work, you can conquer it.

    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!
  4. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

    Jun 12, 2010
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    You know what until I started editing I thought my grammar and punctuation was poor - discovered after buying a couple of books and working through the exercises there was nothing wrong with it, it is just not natural to me. So I don't worry about it until i am editing.

    Good Luck with it.

  5. Melzaar the Almighty

    Melzaar the Almighty Contributing Member Contributor

    Aug 28, 2010
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    A used suitcase is a good mark of character indeed. Can't say how many writing exercises I've been forced to do over time where you have to write about someone's luggage.

    Hi there, anyway. :D
  6. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
  7. Trilby

    Trilby Contributing Member Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi and welome

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