1. Elvee

    Elvee New Member

    Dec 30, 2012
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    Writers Anonymous

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Elvee, Dec 30, 2012.

    I stand from the folding chair in the back of the room. "My name is Elvee and I'm a writer," I say quietly.
    "Hi Elvee," The room says in unison.
    The man on the podium smiles his plastic smile and says in a sing-song voice, "Welcome. Admitting it is the hardest step, Elvee, and we're proud of you." He looks at the rest of the room, "Aren't we?" Murmurs of assent rumble through the room and I get a few charitable - or are they pitying- smiles.
    Podium Man extends his hand in my direction, "Why don't you tell us a little about yourself?"
    Hurriedly I say, "I wrote a novel." Then I hedge, "Well, it was twelve years ago, but I did it. I hired an editor and even got two proposals to publish it." Short gasps come from the front of the audience, and I deflate, "But I couldn't do it. I chickened out."
    The man sitting next to me looks at me like I just ate my own sh@#, "Why not?"
    I feel like I'm three years old again and hiding behind my mother's legs. I mumble, "I didn't think it was my best work."
    Podium Man prompts the room, "What is a novel, group?"
    "A long piece of prose with something wrong with it." The room intones somberly, like a hominy.
    Podium Man's plastic smile reappears, "Good. You'd all do well to remember that." He gestures for me to take a seat and scans the crowd, "And who's next?"
  2. Zico Cozier

    Zico Cozier Member

    Nov 26, 2012
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    You write with eloquence. I'm eager to see some of the works you post for us. This piece was a very clever and fitting introduction. Welcome to the site!
  3. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi Elvee, welcome to the site.
  4. capturedpotential

    capturedpotential New Member

    Oct 14, 2012
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    I loved that! Good creative way to introduce yourself. You must have very high standards for yourself if you decide against publishing. I'm sure as readers we applaud you for that. Look forward to seeing some of your work!
  5. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Reading, UK
    Welcome to Writing Forums, Elvee!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


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