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    Hallo :3

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by resizerewind, Oct 9, 2010.

    Oh gosh, let me begin by saying I tend to use excessive smilies... forgive me!

    My name's Sam, and I come from New Zealand =3. I've finally plucked up the courage to give a site like this a go because I figure any improvement opportunites that I can take, I might as well, though I'm usually super paranoid about sharing my work. I'm quite young, so if I often sound a silly, teenage girl, forgive me in advance. D:

    I'm really keen on developing my writing style in a way that makes me sound more mature, and absolutely any help at all is more than welcome. =) Likewise, I'll try and do all that I can to help give all you guys as much constructive critique as possible, though I make no promises on how useful they'll be. Also, I have a quick question (sorry if this isn't the place I should be asking it, feel free to redirect me xP) : Are writings that are less that about 200 words (sometimes significantly shorter than that) but aren't written in any kind of poetry format, rather properly formed paragraphs, considered to be short stories or poems? Or are they not worth posting?

    Nice to meet you all. =D
     
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    Hello and welcome.
    Stories of around 200 words go under the banner of (flash fiction).
     
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    Hello Sam, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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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    Welcome Sam. :)
     
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    Thank you all. =3
     
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    Hi Sam! I think anything is worth posting if you feel like it should be shared. I look forward to reading your work!
     

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