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  1. darleeeeeeen

    darleeeeeeen New Member

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    Hello, hello.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by darleeeeeeen, Aug 1, 2010.

    My name's Darleen. Well, most of the time I write under the pen name Bliss Greens.
    I'm fifteen years old, but the stories that I write make me sound like I'm twenty-something. So I'm told.
    I don't see writing as a career in my future, it's merely a hobby, but a hobby that I love way too much.
    Well, hello again.
    I hope I'll enjoy my stay here.

    PS: I have a question. I'm working on a story that is posted on my blog. Would it be okay if I posted it here too (for feedback and constructive criticism), or should I just post the link to my blog?
     
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hello Darleen, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Before you can get critique, you must first give constructive critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop. Improving your critiquing skills will improve your ability to find and fix weaknesses in your own writing.

    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!
     
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

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    Welcome Darleen. :)
     
  4. darleeeeeeen

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    Oh, alright. Thanks for the information.

    Thanks for the warm welcome.
    Sure hope I'll like it enough here to stick around.
     
  5. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome.
     
  6. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

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    Hi Darleen, I'm 34 and trying to make my stories sound like a 17 year old boy wrote them lol Nice to meet you and look forward to reading your posts.
     
  7. Shinn

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    Hello Darleen and welcome :)
     
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    Trilby Contributing Member Contributor

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  9. Zane

    Zane Contributing Member

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    Hello Darleen.
    Welcome to the forums.:)

    I´m fifteen too, and I also see writing as an hobby. I want to become a Musician.

    I´m sure, you´ll like the forums :D
     

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