1. Vance

    Vance New Member

    Feb 5, 2011
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    I feel like I could fly right now.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Vance, Feb 5, 2011.

    Hello everyone!

    I've been struggling with writing my first novel for quite some time now, and I finally got past an area I was having trouble with and wrote 12 thousand words today. I feel like I could fly.

    After remembering that flying was unfortunately impossible, I figured joining a writing forum would be the next logical step.

    I'm Canadian, and my favorite genre would have to be mystery. I love the Golden Age of Detective fiction, from Christie to Carr. My dream is to one day start the Silver Age of Detective fiction in the west, which admittedly is near impossible. But how did that song go again?

    "If you don't dream big, then what's the use in dreaming?"
  2. Peerie Pict

    Peerie Pict Contributor Contributor

    Sep 10, 2009
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    Welcome Vance and congrats on your 12 thousand words! Very productive :D
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Hello, and welcome. :)
    It's great you've got past the area you were having trouble with.
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the forums! :D Hope you like it here. :)
  5. ArtWander

    ArtWander New Member

    Jan 24, 2011
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    Redlands, CA
    Congrats on that lofty achievement! Welcome :)
  6. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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!
  7. VM80

    VM80 Contributor Contributor

    Nov 16, 2010
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    Belated welcome. :)

    I've seen your posts around the place, and it's nice to see a fellow writer interested in mystery and detective fiction.

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