1. Jon-E-Law
    Offline

    Jon-E-Law New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0

    Hello everyone.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jon-E-Law, Oct 21, 2009.

    So I have been looking around and it seems that this place is very sophisticated. I have a couple of questions.

    1. Is there a specific skill level one should have before interacting here?

    2. Can this forum be used for writing experiance? ( work, school, law, email, articals.)

    3. If the answer to number two is yes, then should one submit school papers for review?

    Im not a writer nor am I proficient at writing period. I noticed this while in school and am looking to improve my clarity and orginazation. Am I at the right place?
     
  2. von Pook
    Offline

    von Pook Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Messages:
    209
    Likes Received:
    0
    no doubt a mod will come to answer these questions soon.

    1. No
    2. Yes
    3. this is for essays...
    http://www.writingforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=67

    Absolutely!

    Anyway, hello and welcome :cool:
     
  3. Cogito
    Offline

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,935
    Likes Received:
    2,043
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello John, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    1. It helps if you can write a coherent English sentence, and can structure sentences into organized paragraph. But even if you can't do that (and I have no reason to think you can't), we can perhaps help.

    2. We aren't a publishing site. The only experience or credits a publisher cares about is other (paid) published work. For professional credibility, your educational and employment backgroud, as well as articles in trade publications, are what people will look at.

    3. We don't permit work written for school assignments for detailed critique. Nor do we allow work that is meant to represent your personal ability, such as admissions essays or writing to be submitted for contests. We strongly believe in academic honesty and are opposed to wilful misrepresentation.

    I hope this answers your questions. We are here to learn to be better writers, whether for our own enjoyment or for becoming published authors.

    So 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.

    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 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!
     
  4. Gigi_GNR
    Offline

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    12,143
    Likes Received:
    250
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    welcome!
     
  5. Jon-E-Law
    Offline

    Jon-E-Law New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Curious how submitted school work being critiqued is being dishonest? If it is wouldn't all work school or not be a dishonest representation?

    I have a hard time making transitions with related material and closeing statements. If some one would say, "Why don't you bring this thought into play or this one?" would that comprimise the intergrity of the paper?

    Considering this is my main issue with my writing, I am curious. It is why I am in search of guidence in the first place.

    I am not trying to argue with you just would like some clarification. Thanks :)
     
  6. Cogito
    Offline

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,935
    Likes Received:
    2,043
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    If it has already been submitted, that is a different matter. We don't typically have the means to check, though, so:

    1. If we do discover you are getting help on unmsubmitted assignments, we will deal with it harshly.
    and
    2. Your essay submissions will probably get limited responses anyway until people get to know you well enough to build some trust.
     

Share This Page