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    Hello Writing Forums

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Postman, Dec 29, 2009.

    Hello everyone. I've been browsing through several writing forums recently and this one feels the most inviting. I hope I can get to know some of you and that our interactions will prove mutually beneficial.

    For my part I am an engineering major in college who (not so secretly) has a heart for the expression of human thoughts and emotions in addition to the curiosity about "how things work" that defines my chosen course of study. Although I frequently find words inadequate (perhaps my vocabulary could use some work), writing has been a critical means of expressing myself.
     
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    Hello Postman, 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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    welcome.
     
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    Thank you for the welcome. I apologize if I jumped the gun on posting in the Review Room. Please feel free to remove the post if it was inappropriate (or I can do so myself). Thank you for the advice; I will keep it in mind.
     
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    You're fine there. Your second critique could heve been expanded on a bit to make your recommendation clearer, but it was a good effort. After all, it wouldn't be a critiquing workshop if there weren't opportunities for improvement.
     
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    Welcome, Postman

    My best friend is an engineer major as well who loves exploring how people "work"

    Cheers!
     
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    Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome.
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