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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by adl, Jun 27, 2009.

    Hello. I've been lurking here for a while but before I get my feet wet and actually post something useful I thought it best to introduce myself. I'm a voracious reader who's always harboured the dream of someday writing more creative than technical articles. I have no qualifications, little experience and quite possibly no ability but I'd like to hang around a little and see if something rubs off. At the very least I'm enjoying reading through the various stories and snippets posted and may try my hand at a constructive comment in the near future.
     
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    Wow, you have been lurking a while! Good to see you posting.

    Gary.
     
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    Hello Adl, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Qualifications mean nothing. A desire to improve and the willimngness to stick with it are what matters.

    In any case, posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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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