1. AVCortez
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    Back after 10 years... I think

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AVCortez, Mar 13, 2013.

    Hello all!

    I believe that when I was a youngster, only fourteen of fifteen, I was a member of a forum called writingforums.org. But I noticed that this website came about in 2006. Does anyone know if it existed before that in a different form? I vaguely recall the quill logo, but the (potentially) original website was all yellow.

    Anyway, I have written two novels. The first was horrible, so will sit gathering dust on my hard drive, but the second I am quite proud of and so far test readers have been positive. I'm a freelance graphic designer and write mostly Fantasy, but dabble in science fiction. For most of my life I have been very interested in building worlds, and have plied that skill in game design, concept art and of course writing. While my novel is getting ripped apart by a select few, I have taken to writing short stories set in the world.

    If this is in fact the same place it once was, it has grown massively! I look forward to being involved with the community, and developing my own writing.
    Thanks for reading :).

    A.V. Cortez
     
  2. Cogito
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    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    I know the site was rebuilt in a major way in early 2006, a few months before I joined. However, I don't know how long it was around prior to that.

    Even since 2006 it has evolved considerably. Welcome to the site!
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, A.V. Cortez!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills. The requirements of the Writing Workshop don't apply to the contests, so new members are allowed (nay, encouraged!) to get stuck in and enter!

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    Banzai
     
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    Hi there and welcome back.
     
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    Hello to you. Good job even completing two novels. I still haven't managed one. :/
     
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    this site was created as an escape from the old writingforums.com, which had gone downhill due to bad management and belligerent members being allowed to run rampant... so you probably were on that site before this one was born... i jumped ship happily, as soon as this one was up and running smoothly... been happy here ever since... it's the best site on the web by far...

    regardless, WELCOME ABOARD!

    love and hugs, maia
     
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    On that note, I'd like to emphasize there is currently no animosity between the two sites. Both have developed considerably since those days, and quite a few folks are members of both.

    But that is why our first rule here from day one is respect toward other members in all forum communications.
     
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    Thank you :).

    That's a shame, when I was a contributing member, everyone was, for the the most part, very positive. I made a lot of friends that I still chatted to via msn (ahhh, the good old days) up until about five years ago. Once upon a time, I would have said this place was over moderated, but after browsing the deviantart forums for a short time, I've come to the conclusion that strict moderation is simply a necessity in maintaining a successful forum.

    Thank you for the welcome, Maia.

    Better off leaving forum rivalries to the World of Warcraft community.

    Thanks, Cogito.

    And thanks Trillby and Banzai.
     

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