1. StephLP

    StephLP New Member

    May 30, 2009
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    Bits and pieces

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by StephLP, May 30, 2009.

    Hello Everyone!

    I am an avid reader... I devour books... there is much in life that would be much better if I were reading it on a page than watching it unfold in life. I most often wish life was a novel so that I could experience all the different perspectives.

    Am I a writer? Not at all, I just potter around with bits and pieces. I'm not really an aspiring novelist, I just like to write things that make people smile or think, but mostly I just write technical pieces for work -- but at least I make them fun and entertaining. :) I do write a "digest" of the crazy situations in my life -- I use to run two college residence halls (aka: Dorms) so I'll leave it up to you to imagine the constant insanity -- and blog about it for my family in another state. but mostly I stick to the bits and pieces of stuff that float around in my head.. Eventually I'm sure I'll eventually get around to posting a couple.. I can't wait to read everyone else's stuff though! :)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Steph, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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.

    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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