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    Hello all.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jacko, Jan 18, 2011.

    Hi, my name is Jack (as you may have guessed) and I have miraculously come across your creative writing website.

    I am 20 years old, and I am very interested in creative writing. I am also a keen writer, from time to time. I thought by joining your forum, I could perhaps get involved and start to put up some of my own work. I feel I can offer a helping hand when it comes to constructive criticism too, and have browsed over the rules regarding putting up your own work for feedback and will be looking in to this in the near future, hopefully.

    I am looking forward to discovering some possible 'magnum opus's' that may be dotted around the site, haha.

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    Hello Jack, 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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    I can understand the need for constructive critique, I am well aware that it's what vastly improves you as a writer. I'm currently starting a new module at uni called Prose Workshop - I thought by engaging with other writers I could broaden my horizons when it comes to thinking about character, plot, etc.

    In time I will probably start to write more of my own work that has nothing to do with Uni, so I can pop it up on here and review others works, stuff like that.

    I'll probably put some of my random poetry up in my blog too.

    Thanks for the reply!
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    Welcome to the site. Nice to see someone who has read the rules first :)
    Look forward to reading some of your work!
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    Welcome Jack. :)
    We're the same age. Amazing right? :p
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