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    Hello! Please keep me sane.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AutumnBarlow, Jul 25, 2012.

    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the forum - in fact new to any writing forum - I'm hoping you can stop me going mad. I've always written stuff but it was last September when I decided to start sending pitches to magazines, and since then I've started getting things published - so much so that I now only work 6 hours a week in my teaching job. Great, yes? Well...working from home means I end up talking to the curtains. Or wasting time on facebook. Or even, heaven forbid, cleaning the oven.

    So hopefully I can get involved here and stay sane, and improve my writing further! (and offer any hints if I can, though I still feel like an amateur.)
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, AutumnBarlow!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    Banzai
     
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    Hi Banzai! Thanks for that. I've been reading the rules and stuff; I think I'll be lurking and reading for a while before I dip my toes in much more.

    :)
     
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    Welcome to the site...if your curtains are anything like mine, they're terrible conversationalists...This site is exactly what you need...It can be a little addictive at first, but unlike with Facebook, you feel productive and learn a lot. There are some highly useful sites for writing that get posted regularly which is a real plus as well. Looking forward to seeing your writing in the future.
     
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    Hey I'm in the same boat - just finished my first draft and waiting for my editor to come back with comments. In the meantime I have no project, and it's the summer so there're no lessons (I teach normally) - so I'm just sitting at home alone reading loads of stuff and well... being bored. I want something to write.... :(:(
     
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    Congratulations on getting some stuff published -- that's great. I'm at home, as well, although I have two kids. Now that it's summer, they're around more, although I'll sometimes have unexpected hours where I am by myself if my son is out at a friend's house. I didn't know what to do with the first novel draft I had so I ended up writing two more. I also end up spending quite a bit of time online, which constitutes most of my adult interaction on many days.

    Look forward to seeing your posts.
     
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    Just wanted to say welcome to the forums, and I hope yo find what you're looking for :)
     
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    You cleaned yoru oven! D: Oh my god you poor human beign! D:
     
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    Ahaha, there is so much I love about that one little introduction. :'D

    A pleasure to meet you Autumn, and congratulations on getting work published. Welcome to the forums, I'm a little new myself, but I've liked it so far.
     
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    Welcome. Love the intro. I look forward to seeing you around the forums.
     
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    Thanks for all the intros and welcomes! There's so much to read here I don't feel like I have much to contribute. But at least it keeps me away from cleaning the oven again!
     

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