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  1. commissar

    commissar New Member

    Jan 3, 2010
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    I have arrived!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by commissar, Jan 4, 2010.

    Wishing merely to say hello. I'm a writer of short fiction. I've attempted to write a couple of novels, but when you don't get past 6,000 words that too qualifies as short fiction. I'm from Mississippi, and yes, I do fit all the stereotypes. John Grisham grew up to the west of me while William Faulkner died a short distance to the east. Meanwhile, I'm stuck in the middle with no talent.

    I'll try to critique a couple of writers in this forum, and then everyone will see how little I know. Later, I'll post some of my own work. Be firm, but be gentle.
  2. Yarnillah

    Yarnillah Contributing Member

    Dec 4, 2009
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    Queensland, Australia
    Hi and welcome :) I'm Danii. What genre/s of short fiction do you like to write?
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Dobriy den Commissar, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    The more you crirtique, the better you will get at it. And that is useful when you are trying to knock the fluff and blubber out of your own writing.

    Still, 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!
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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

    Coldwriter Contributing Member

    Dec 7, 2009
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    Some say in an idealistic bubble they cant wait to
    You have arrived!

    I have been waiting!

    Well, here's a welcome anyway!
  6. writewizard

    writewizard Contributing Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    Hello and welcome to the writing forums!

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