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  1. Elijah Tea

    Elijah Tea New Member

    Jul 30, 2013
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    novice here to declare hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Elijah Tea, Jul 30, 2013.

    Greetings creative writers of the Writing Forums. I, as you may have assumed, am named Elijah. I am not here to start writing a book or to publish graceful articles, I do however have plenty of reasons for coming here. I'm unable to write anything you see. I do not know proper grammar or vocabulary or how I am supposed to get someone interested, and catch peoples attention. I often have quite marvelous dreams and flowing thoughts that bombard me with ideas for stories, articles, games, designs, characters and whole entire worlds, but I don't have the writing backbone that I need to communicate my thoughts into words, let alone take my ideas and complete them without being able to share them properly with others.

    So I am here because I have identified some of my flaws when it comes to trying to write and I would like to plunge into my writing head on and start building up my abilities. I hope that I am able to meet lots of great people here; I feel some pleasing vibes from this place, it smells nice.
  2. Medio

    Medio New Member

    Jul 25, 2013
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    WOOHA! A kindred spirit, I'm kinda going through the same thing you are- oh and welcome, Elijah! I'm Medio, I'm working on stuff that I wanna share and get out there so if you have any ideas you need help with or to share let me know :D
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Elijah, 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 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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