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    approaching a fork in the road

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fork:intheroad, Jan 30, 2010.

    hey, i'd like to think i'm a somewhat decent writer, but I suppose that is for the readers to decide. I have about 5 short stories and countless poems in my computer archive, but they're now old and I want to start working on new stuff. Let me know how my writing is, and please be constructive, not insulting.
     
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    hey, i'd like to think i'm a somewhat decent writer [and welcome to a forum full of folks who'd like to think the same of themselves], but I suppose that is for the readers to decide [well, it's a shared process, I'd say]. I have about 5 short stories and countless poems in my computer archive, but they're now old [Might reread them just to be sure if their "oldness" really matters]and I want to start working on new stuff [IME, the key is to transition from wanting to begin to actually doing so]. Let me know how my writing is, and please be constructive [You may find, as have others of us, that sometimes our best efforts to be constructive help our own writing more than the author's], not insulting [Most of us genuinely try hard to be helpful and sometimes we fail; but, I think most of us aim at least for polite. As to feedback that seems to fall short of that, my feeling is that if you aspire to write well, learning to adapt to some inevitable insult is likely to be a necessary growing experience.]

    So, I'm ready when you are. Let the "story" begin!
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    Hello Fork, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Before you can get critique, you must first give critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop. Improving your critiquing skills will improve your ability to find and fix weaknesses in your own writing.

    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.

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    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 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. 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). 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.

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    Welcome to the WF! :D Hope you like it here. :)
     

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