1. mjyates

    mjyates New Member

    Sep 24, 2009
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    I write about life, 900 words at a time

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mjyates, Sep 24, 2009.

    Greetings all.

    I'm a career journalist, but I've dabbled in fiction and poetry writing. It's probably a side effect of my job, but I had my most fiction success in short-story form. I've started a few novels, but usually tire of the story before the fourth chapter. I'll admit, I turned out some short stories that I was pretty proud of.

    But I really get pleasure out of writing people's stories in article form, be it someone else's stories or my stories. I recently started a magazine-style Web site so that I could write about any topics I choose. There's no editor to answer to if I'm the boss, right?

    As of right now, my journalism career may be winding down. I'm quite young, but there are other life goals (my marriage next month, maybe kids) that are starting to outrank my career and the need to be on deadline at midnight each night. I see myself, in the next year or so, trading in the press pass for a job with more "normal" hours, which will allow me more time with family. Either way, I feel very lucky and privileged to have been able to make a living writing for the last decade.

    As the possibility of walking out of the newsroom for good looms, I began looking for other projects -- projects of my own choosing (like the Web site).

    Anyway, we'll see how it goes.

    P.S. -- Cogito, I've already read the copy-and-paste post from several of the other new member entries. Eh, figured I'd save you the time.
  2. von Pook

    von Pook Member

    Sep 8, 2009
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    Hello and welcome mjyates, have fun exploring and learning :cool:
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello MJ, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    That's ok, I'll still make sure you have your very own copy to peruse. No trouble at all. :)

    Posting your own work 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
    hope you have fun here :) welcome!

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