1. codyderek
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    Greetings from a self-deprecating writer

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by codyderek, Mar 7, 2009.

    Hello all,
    I've been looking for people to discuss writing with, and find advice in improving my skills. This seems like a friendly, active forum so I am glad I found this place.

    I mostly write absurd, surreal, impressionistic short stories. I started writing mostly lit, but just finished my first sci/fi short. I am currently working on my first novel, an idea that first started growing several years ago.

    I work at a library, so I have access to limitless books. I don't spend enough time reading though, and usually can be found in corners scribbling on scraps of paper while crying over my lack of success.

    I look forward to learning from you all.

    Cody
     
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    Hi and welcome! :)
     
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    Hello Cody, 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 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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    Hi and welcome!
     
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    Ello *waves*

    I'm new too, maybe we can secretly plot to take over the world together.
     
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    Hello!

    And I'm so jealous. You get to work at a library.
     

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