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    1st time writer

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Spaggo, Aug 21, 2008.

    Hey everybody

    First off my name is Chris and I am married with 1 dog (Mazzy) and 2 cats (Boomer, Pancake). I'm not a "great" writer b ut I like to dabble. I signede up because I'm looking for advice and help with some iddewas I have.

    Chris.
     
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    Hello Chris, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    First off, I recommend strongly against posting plot ideas. Plot ideas and story concepts mean nothing. It all comes down to the writing, and the writing. And oh yes, the writing. A good writer can have readers on the edge of their seats, or rolling in the aisles, with a story about a stroll to the mailbox.

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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.

    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 Review Room, 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 Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize reviewing as a critical 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 Review Room 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 Review Room forum). 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 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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    Welcome to the forums! This place will definitely help you to become a more proficient writer! Hope to see you around!
     
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    Hi, Chris.

    I'm not a great writer either and simply like to dabble in writing myself. Hope to see your reviews and eventually read your stories in the future.

    If you ever get a chance, post photos of Mazzy, Boomer and Pancake in your profile album. I love collecting photos of other people's pets. :)
     
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    Hi Chris :)
    Welcome to the forum.
    I hope you enjoy it around here. I'm sure you will.
     
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    Welcome to the forum :)
     
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