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    Hello all

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by erader2, Nov 11, 2010.

    I am very new to writing seriously. I'm at a weird place in my life and when that happens is really the only time that I feel compelled to write. I'm basically a complete beginner. I mean I've written short stories before, back in high school especially, but nothing in the four years since then. I'm taking a (hopefully) short break from college where I'm studying mechanical engineering.

    I tend to write comedy (loose use of the term) but I also like dystopian/dark humor/sci-fi

    My favorite authors include but are not limited to: Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahnuik, Max Brooks, David Weber, Stephen King, and I recently discovered Etgar Keret.

    I know I'm supposed to do two reviews for every thing I submit for critique, but since I have very little in the way of creative writing education, I hope you don't critique my "critiquing" lol

    Also I just read the review rules and I find them very intimidating
     
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    Welcome, Erader. Don't let the review room intimidate you. Reviewing, like writing, takes some practice to get good at it. And, of course, it doesn't hurt to read how others are doing it. Jump in, get a feel for it, and have some fun. Reviewing really is an amazing way to help with your own writing as well.
     
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    Hello xxxx, 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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    Wow, welcome xxxx. I either just got a badass new nickname or somebody forgot to fill in the user name part of their welcome message lol
     
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    lol That's kind of funny, Cogito :p

    Anyway, welcome Erader(xxxx)! We'll try not to critique your critiquing ;) I'm sure you'll be fine!
     
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    Hey, welcome!

    I love dystopia. It's my favorite genre. If you want me to review anything, or if you want to email me any excerpts to review, feel free to PM me and I'll get right on it. :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    Heh, heh. Don't be intimidated by the critiquing rules. They aren't too hard :D Welcome to WF and have loads of fun.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy your time here with all of us!

    :)
     
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    I also love dystopia, it's one of my absolute favorite things to read. :D

    Welcome.
     

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