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  1. Preacher

    Preacher Member

    Mar 1, 2011
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    Charlotte, NC

    Wait, was I supposed to do this before ....

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Preacher, Mar 1, 2011.

    Ah well, I never was one for following convention.

    My name is Preacher. Really.

    Ok, not really, but everyone outside of work calls me Preacher and has for more than 20 years.

    I never liked claiming I was a writer. Doing so almost always devolves into a discussion about the last thing I published and, honestly, I would rather talk about what I am working on now. Instead, when people ask, I tell them I am a biker and no one wants to talk to me at all. Ha! Suits me just fine.

    Anyway...About me.

    I am an avid reader and consume books at an alarming rate. Alarming to my wife/accountant anyway. I have always been fascinated by how my favorite authors can paint vivid pictures in my mind with a few, well-chosen words.

    For as long as I can remember, I have attempted to emulate those authors. Short stories in school, really (really) bad poetry and, for several years, political and social commentary.

    I stopped writing for a couple of years until one day I was asked to critique a piece of short fiction. Somehow that critique reignited the desire to use my keyboard for something other than computer games. A week ago I started working on my first novel.

    I hope to find some insight here, perhaps a helping hand when, inevitably, I find myself adrift.
  2. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome Preacher. :)
  3. Midnight_Adventurer

    Midnight_Adventurer Active Member

    Mar 20, 2010
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    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi Preacher,

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    You'll find plenty of support and help here.
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the forums! :D
  5. ArtWander

    ArtWander Contributing Member

    Jan 24, 2011
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    Redlands, CA
    Welcome to the forum! :)
  6. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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 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. 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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