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    Hello to everyone

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Emissary, May 20, 2010.

    Hi everybody, I'm 30, male from Scotland.

    I've been writing irregularly for around ten years - mainly short stories with a few attempts at novels. Since falling in love and having a family I was shocked to see that I have written very little for about 2 years. I'm starting to feel the urge again to express myself, to help and influence others and get back that buzz which comes from the craft.

    Look forward to meeting you, reading and replying to your own stuff and benefitting from your help and advice.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. I'm certain it will help you get back on your feet.

    It's a real motivator, and the people are nice and helpful.

    Have fun.
     
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    A new member with a joining date almost 4 years ago? Puzzling!

    But welcome, or even welcome back, possibly, from a fellow-Scot. :)
     
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    Wow! Just noticed that... Trippy!

    You're hiding something from us Emissary!;)
     
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    Hello Emissary, Welcome to Bajor, err umm the Writing Forums.

    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 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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    Welcome to the WF!
     
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    Good to meet you

    Thanks for the welcome lads and ladies.
    Yes I joined in 2006 but don't think I stayed long - I was a member of other forums which took up enough time. I've had a look around several forums and this seems among the best organised, easiest to navigate and writer-friendly that I've seen. Can't wait to get a bit of spare time to read, review and meet you guys.
    But sunny days are rare as Dragons teeth in Scotland so I have to go make a campfire with the kids.
     
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    I'd recommend making a campfire with fallen wood instead.
     

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