1. firefliesandlightning

    firefliesandlightning New Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Likes Received:


    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by firefliesandlightning, Feb 19, 2010.

    Hi! As I'm posting here, you probably already know that I'm new! I've been writing off and on my whole life but have never completed a project. I love writing; I can't say I'm the best author in the world, but I do it for the joy of it. However, I've never really had any feedback, and I think that's why many of my stories tend to fizzle out and retire to the old tale's home. Right now, I'm trying to pick up a story I started about a year ago, and I'm hoping to (maybe! :eek:) even finish it.

    I hope I'll be a helpful contributer to your community! :)
  2. Neoaptt

    Neoaptt Banned

    Feb 18, 2010
    Likes Received:
    Nope, you won't finish your work. You'll end it sure. But you will never finish it!

    ha! Such as the saying goes. "Zombies live forever" so does creativity.
  3. cboatsman

    cboatsman New Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Likes Received:
    Welcome. Cogito will give you the 411 sometime soon to help kick your stay off here. Enjoy. :)

  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
    Likes Received:
    Milwaukee, WI
  5. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
    Likes Received:
    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Fireflies, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    as promised...

    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 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!

Share This Page