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    MissusC New Member

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    Hello from Scotland!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MissusC, Dec 20, 2009.

    Hello All. It's a little scary posting on a Writers site as I feel like I should be careful what, and how, I write!

    Quick intro...I'm MissusC, Mum to 3 wonderful children and currently a SAHM. I have always enjoyed writing, and have an idea for a novel currently bouncing about in my head. Not sure if I will do anything about it, but I'd like to at least look into writing a little more seriously.

    Lots of people who know me have said I should write a semi-autobiographical book as I've had a lot of life experiences in my nearly 32 years. I always say I couldn't- because no one would ever believe all those things happened to just one character!

    Anyway, I'm off to browse a bit...so happy holidays to everyone. Hope to "see" you soon...but with 3 kids and 5 sleeps to Christmas, I can't promise anything...

    S
     
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    Hello MissusC, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    welcome.
     
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    Hah, Scotland. Just up t' North from me (West Midlands). And it's good to have another mum on here too. Hopefully we'll see you around, hun.
     
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    Ah! Bonny Scotland. I'm of a scottish clan myself.
    Welcome.
     

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