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    A big Hello to everyone

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mia100, Feb 1, 2009.

    Hey people,
    I'm Maria. I am 23 years old and I am a teacher. I found this forum whilst looking for support in becoming an author. It's been a dream of mine since I was little and I am starting to try and become more serious about it.
    I am a happy member of fanfiction.net and I am a beta reader on that site. I find that I am very good at critiquing others writing, I am a teacher after all, but I have a blind spot where my own writing is concerned!
    I hope that this website can help my writing and also that I can help out others with their writing issues.

    Well a little more about me, I love reading. I will read many different genre's. At the moment I love Manga and Fantasy books. I am an avid Stargate Atlantis fan, which is what I wrote my fanfics on.

    Well I have rambled on a bit, sorry! I hope to become a worthwhile member of the forum!
     
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    Hola Maria, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Out of curiosity, what do you teach?

    I was somewhat disappointed with Stargate Atlantis. The Wraith were just depressing pseudo-vampires, and the cast just never had the chemistry of the SG-1 team. The only saving grace was the annoying albeit strangely appealing Rodney McKay.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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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    Hey mia100! Welcome to the WF!

    There are always room for new memebers...
    enjoy your time here. :)

    Nice to meet you
    - Jack
     
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    Thanks for the welcome. In answer to your question Cogito, I am a primary school teacher. The children in my class are 5 and 6 years old. I love encouraging creativity in them.
     
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    That's great! All too often, primary and secondary teachers get buried under the bureaucracy of standardized tests and rigid curricula, and end up crushing the creativity and curiosity of young minds.
     

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