1. Demetrius

    Demetrius New Member

    Apr 30, 2011
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    Yello, I'm the new guy.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Demetrius, Apr 30, 2011.

    Hello all. I have been refered to this site by someone on another forum I visit as I was asking the community there what they thought of my opening paragraph of a Horror Novel I am working on.

    I will admit right now that my spelling and grammar isn't as good as it should be, and though I hate excuses, I have to give one here. I, to be completely honest, am not someone who wants to write. I just want to tell a story or two, and writing is the easiest way of doing so. "Easiest" is a bad term, actually. It's the only way of being able to do it by myself; I can't make Movies by myself, making a video game by myself is far too much work with far too many skillsets required, and I can't draw worth anything, so comics are out the window.

    I don't know if I will publish my stories, take them to a Game Designer, or what, I just know that these characters/stories need to get out of my head, and if someone else enjoys them, so much the better :D

    I sincerely apologize if I came off as arrogant or full of myself; coming into a Writing Forum and stating "I'm not really writing to write" isn't a good way to make friends right off the bat :redface:
  2. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Welcome to the WF. :)
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Demetrius, Welcome to the Creative 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. 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!
  5. Jayyy1014

    Jayyy1014 Jerrica Contributor

    Apr 9, 2011
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    Hello, and welcome to the Writing Forums! :)

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