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    Hello from Southern Oregon

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by oregoncountry, May 25, 2009.

    I just joined this a.m. and looking forward to reading and learning. I will go take a look around and see how it's done:) Truly hoping for others to even just visit with here. I live pretty, far out in the country and my favorite place is home. But seems I am there more and more. I'm becoming anti-social:eek: I love writing but am new at trying to publish it so we'll see.

    Denise
     
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    hi denise, welcome to the forums, what genre do you write?
     
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    I like to write things that make people laugh, so humor:) I don't know how funny "strangers" might think I am, I've only published articles, not books. I have written something humorous(like I said, some of my family and friends thought it was funny)that is 2500 words but it isn't really a story. It's more of a "guide to":)

    Thank you for welcoming me:) Are you published? Denise
     
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    you sound like you know what your doing and welcoming people all part of the fun here.
    no im not published as i am only 13 but i would love to be one day, i need a lot of work before then though.
     
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    Oh that's great! You are starting early:) I am so excited for you. What I love about writing is that feeling of creating something original. I mean we are all unique and so no one can write the same as we do. I mean you know people copy other's styles etc. but really, no one is exactly like us;) And we also have our own experiences that might be similar to other's but never exactly the same.

    I will go check out your link I saw in your signature. I am 56 by the way and just a country gal:) I could have had grandkids your age but I never had children. I love animals and rode horses for lots of years. I don't own them now though so just my dog and I.

    Write me anytime, Denise
    PS I think I can have some photos on my profile so I will put some of the horses, my dog if you want to see them sometime:)
     
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    Hello Denise, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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.

    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). 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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    Thank you for the welcome. I will respect the board rules. No problem.

    I looked for an answer in FAQ but couldn't find one on "how many words" are we allowed to post, when we post our own writings for critique. Also, by review, do you mean critiquing other's writings?

    Thank you again, Denise
     
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    Critique is a slightly more apt word than review. Roper and Ebert review - they tell people whether or not they think people should expend time and money on watching a film. A critique is more concernbed with how to make the subject better, regardless of how good (or not) it may currently be.

    As for how many words you may post, it isn't a fixed limit. A single post has a character limit which I don't recall at the moment, but people do post stories in more than one sequential post in the same thread.

    However, the longer the story segment, the less likely people will take the time to read and critique it. You're better off posting short excrpts. Most critiques will deal witj the writing style anyway, and a short excerpt is as good as a long one for that.
     
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    Ok, sounds good, thank you,

    Denise
     
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    i am starting horse riding again soon. i used to do it as a young child as my nans friend had two western riding horses, but now she has moved to florida and had to sell them.

    i would love to see some of the horses and i love dogs (i have 3) and would love to see a pick of yours.

    if i ever need any help, i wont hesitate to PM you.

    fantasy girlxxx
     
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    Hi Denise! Welcome to the forum. I like writing things that make people laugh too, but my main genre that I write is fantasy.
     

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