1. Rhetorical Diarrhoea

    Rhetorical Diarrhoea New Member

    Jul 29, 2013
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    Let's All Stare At The New Kid

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rhetorical Diarrhoea, Jul 29, 2013.

    (or at least his, umm, post).

    Hey All,

    Apologies for the username. Thought it might help me to finally learn how to spell my "surname". Anyway, I'm a software developer from Ebbw in Wales, so will probably have to explain at least two thirds of the phrases I use on yer. I've recently started a short story writing course and been inspired to join one of these scary Writing Forum-type things.

    I mainly read fantasy novels, and hope to write children's stories. I've got oodles of questions, starting with "what do you call those areas behind shops and restaurants with the bins and chain-link fences" (I spent an hour on Google failing to find this out yesterday), but will spend a while digging round before I ever get round to braving a proper post.

    Guess I'll leave it there - no doubt, you all literally died with boredom as soon as I wrote 'software developer'. First thing to research ... how to wean myself off excessive use of written air-quotes, parenthesis, exclamation marks, dashes, ellipses (surely it should be ellipsises?), and the word literally.

    Catch you later,

    Dire (as I'm already too lazy to write it out in full)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    I'm so glad you aren't insistent on being referred to by your rather messy full username.

    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 Writing Prompts, 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 site 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!

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