1. Akira

    Akira New Member

    Jul 8, 2011
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    Just dabbling in WI

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Akira, Jul 8, 2011.

    Hi there,

    I'm 21 from central WI, and from time to time dabble in writing short stories. I pounded out a couple in highschool when they let me stretch my legs on open writing assignments, but since then life really gets in the way of writing.

    I work in the automotive field, installing radios, subs, speakers, doing the typical mechanic work as well, and also paint and do body work on the side..

    From time to time I play guitar, but like writing it's hard to find practice time.

    I recently had an idea for a story to I put pen to paper (so to speak), and roughed it out in a week or so. I love typing late nights on the laptop.. so after work I would get a little farther each time.

    Since finding that time is tough, I figured maybe a forum would help motivate me a little more.. read some works, post my own, etc. We'll see. I skimmed a few so far and like what I see.

  2. Mallory

    Mallory Mallegory. Contributor

    Jun 27, 2010
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    I know life is busy. I always recommend that people in your position set a small goal of, say, 200 words a day. This is just a couple paragraphs: extremely easy, and easy to surpass, but also small enough that if you're not feeling it, you can still achieve the daily goal without a big struggle.
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome! :) I'm from Fond du Lac myself.
  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Akira, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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!
  5. Jayyy1014

    Jayyy1014 Jerrica Contributor

    Apr 9, 2011
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    United States
    Hello welcome to the Writing Forums!
  6. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
    You should always make time for what you like doing.

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