1. *BK*

    *BK* New Member

    Jul 20, 2009
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    New Writer Trying to get a Base

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by *BK*, Jul 24, 2009.

    Hello. I want to say that this is an awesome site. I've had a lot of fun looking through threads and stickies so far and I've learned quite a bit.

    I'm a new writer and one of my biggest goals right now is figuring out what I need to learn so that I can begin writing seriously. My goal is to write and have a novel published. There are going to be quite a few steps before I can even begin to think about writing that novel.

    My question is, how do I figure out where to begin? How do I assess where I am so I can figure out what I need to learn? I wrote a short story for the short story contest on immortality if anyone wants to read that and give me pointers.

    I was thinking of taking some classes online for general English usage and then novel writing and creative writing classes. I know I need to learn a little more about English because a writing friend told me my short story had some grammatical errors in it.

    Any help is appreciated. :)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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!

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