1. Michel Zhivago
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    Call me Michel...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Michel Zhivago, Jan 14, 2009.

    ...which I'm fairly sure works out to an anagram of 'Ishmael' if you stare at it long enough.

    Hi there, I'm an almost 18 year old medical student, originally from Nuneaton (the town of George Eliot), now at university in Birmingham.
    I write poems (see the link in my signature) on a fairly regular basis, as well as a novel I've been working on.

    Favourite books? A Home At The End Of The World by Michael Cunningham, and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

    Look forward to getting to know you all!
     
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    Hello Michel, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Medical student, eh? So eventually you will become Dr. Zhivago. Yeah, I bet you've never heard that before...

    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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    Thanks Cogito, I've been having a look around for a while this morning - I'll be sure not to post any work until I get better acquainted, although I found a useful character workshop I'm taking part in, is that sort of thing kosher?

    By the way, just to let you know, the "Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work" link is broken.
     
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    Yes, I know the link is broken right now, but hopefully will be fixed soon.
     
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    Aw, thanks. :)
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
     

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