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Hi, this is the third time I've tried to post an introduction here. I live in a small coastal town south of Sydney, Australia. I work full-time, but have just finished a collection of 12 novellas (250 pages) involving two police detectives and set in the 1960's. Each story is a self-contained murder mystery, but they all connect together to form a (very) loose novel. I've been attracted to this forum because it seems to provide honest appraisal rather than just 'encouraging platitudes' (although there's nothing wrong with encouragement). I also like the idea that we can all comment on each other's work. I would like to publish my stuff, but I won't cry if I don't - because the real fun was the writing. In fact, now that I've finished these stories I feel lost and wish I could start all over again. Anyway, looking forward to contributing.
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Hi, this is the third time I've tried to post an introduction here. I live in a small coastal town south of Sydney, Australia. I work full-time, but have just finished a collection of 12 novellas (250 pages) involving two police detectives and set in the 1960's. Each story is a self-contained murder mystery, but they all connect together to form a (very) loose novel. I've been attracted to this forum because it seems to provide honest appraisal rather than just 'encouraging platitudes' (although there's nothing wrong with encouragement. I also like the idea that we can all comment on each other's work. I would like to publish my stuff, but I won't cry if I don't - because the real fun was the writing. In fact, now that I've finished these stories I feel lost and wish I could start all over again. Anyway, looking forward to contributing.
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Will you be commenting on the work of others that you see posted on the site?
Absolutely. I don't have any experience in critiquing, but I think I can offer some helpful comments, advice, suggestions, etc.
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Absolutely. I don't have any experience in critiquing, but I think I can offer some helpful comments, advice, suggestions, etc.

Good on ya, mate.

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Ah! The old Aussie vernacular. Thanks. I feel right at home, now.
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"...welcome to writersbeat..." went the goblin ever out to meet new author, oh and normal folk too, while here now, here being online as it were where anyone could just be anything really, virtual reality was in its way just another type of fiction for all one tell, the two being quite interchangable here, whereupon the goblin turned his head slightly and explained something else to the words "...no, the problem is not what you yourself write now, which could be good bad or whatever even, but more "it's first getting them to read what you've written" that offers you your greatest challenge here, just how to feed to be fed back, how to make your case across to those who don't read like they did before...", he rubbed his chin slightly between his thumb and forefingers and continued "...not that I like to talk shop in and intro though, not that one sees many folks reading books neither for that matter, only that your books start from your posts really, where no one will begrudge you little posts like this, and where all you have to do is the means to turn your posts into your ambassadors...", not that you goblin could ever write a whole book now, he didn't need to though, somehow instead he knew that the reader would get caught in the plot if there were enough posts, or enough lines within those posts, but never too many lines, enough to suffice then, smiling "...naah, more folks read short interactive content, which in part are what posts are aren't they, than most anything else, me I see you by your posts, and you, well don't you see me by mine too, need I say more now or have I said too much already...", his welcome done the goblin simply bowed low and waved his hand for the forum doors to be flung open to allow yet one more author into its fold once more, where those days of the forum being some sort of "author's workshop" hardly seemed apt in the present day context, for readers were already reading one in one's posts however much one still wished it was like before when one's posts were there



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"...welcome to writersbeat..." went the goblin ever out to meet new author, oh and normal folk too, while here now, here being online as it were where anyone could just be anything really, virtual reality was in its way just another type of fiction for all one tell, the two being quite interchangable here, whereupon the goblin turned his head slightly and explained something else to the words "...no, the problem is not what you yourself write now, which could be good bad or whatever even, but more "it's first getting them to read what you've written" that offers you your greatest challenge here, just how to feed to be fed back, how to make your case across to those who don't read like they did before...", he rubbed his chin slightly between his thumb and forefingers and continued "...not that I like to talk shop in and intro though, not that one sees many folks reading books neither for that matter, only that your books start from your posts really, where no one will begrudge you little posts like this, and where all you have to do is the means to turn your posts into your ambassadors...", not that you goblin could ever write a whole book now, he didn't need to though, somehow instead he knew that the reader would get caught in the plot if there were enough posts, or enough lines within those posts, but never too many lines, enough to suffice then, smiling "...naah, more folks read short interactive content, which in part are what posts are aren't they, than most anything else, me I see you by your posts, and you, well don't you see me by mine too, need I say more now or have I said too much already...", his welcome done the goblin simply bowed low and waved his hand for the forum doors to be flung open to allow yet one more author into its fold once more, where those days of the forum being some sort of "author's workshop" hardly seemed apt in the present day context, for readers were already reading one in one's posts however much one still wished it was like before when one's posts were there



Thank you, Goblin. I am honoured to receive your official welcome. I am wondering, though, what you are trying to tell me. Do you feel that the forum is not what it used to be? I wouldn't know. But I am a member of several forums (nothing to do with writing), and they all say that these forums are 'not what they used to be'. Perhaps that's true. Or perhaps it's the same as me saying that the world is 'not what it used to be'. I don't know. I will use this forum as best I can: I'm happy to give suggestions to others and I hope to get suggestions from others. Also happy to interact with others. I love the idea of an ongoing writers' workshop. Once again, thank you for your official welcome.
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Thank you, Goblin. I am honoured to receive your official welcome. I am wondering, though, what you are trying to tell me. Do you feel that the forum is not what it used to be? I wouldn't know. But I am a member of several forums (nothing to do with writing), and they all say that these forums are 'not what they used to be'. Perhaps that's true. Or perhaps it's the same as me saying that the world is 'not what it used to be'. I don't know. I will use this forum as best I can: I'm happy to give suggestions to others and I hope to get suggestions from others. Also happy to interact with others. I love the idea of an ongoing writers' workshop. Once again, thank you for your official welcome.

"...no, it's not that the forum isn't what it was, it's more general, something like this internet has changed the would be reader into not being that book reader of before, instead their short attention span calls for easy to read posts..." replied the goblin then continuing "...but the authors for their part haven't as of yet seen the pull of their own posts, no they still want to think that they have to write that book first, and then find their readers afterwards, yet once you see that that isn't the case, and once you note too that more readers reads short interactive content than they do books per se, you stand at an advantage so speak, yet how you adapt to that advantage much depends upon if you can go at their actual pace here...", at which point the goblin just stood behind Lingard at moment putting out a pointing finger in front of him to make him seem the path ahead, relating "...postcount divided by hitcount gives you your readership, so when you write something keep an eye on your hitcount now, then build that hitcount up into a solid readership, and see if you can keep it up too, after all something well written is never the same as something well read now is it...", whereupon the slot, upon whom the goblin had been writing this down now said "...look I'm sorry to point this out to you goblin but I don't anyone sane ever reads this far...", the goblin just shrugged "...naah, they don't want sanity really instead they want escape, where we just offer them a temporary respite from the reality I guess, btw you haven't read this far have you, good, I mean this forum does have writing standards to maintain even if I can't maintain them..."


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