1. neato9611
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    Hello, WritingForums.org!!!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by neato9611, Feb 3, 2009.

    Hello, this is obviously my first post on the forum and I thought I would go ahead and introduce myself. I have never been published, actually I'm just getting into writing. Currently, I am a sophomore at my high school and most of my teachers commend me for most of my writing work. I really don't have many "trophies", as I suppose you could say, but I did once earn an all-expenses paid trip to Memphis, TN for writing an essay, and most of my peers that I went with made comments on it. Personally, I feel that my writing skills are not developed but my teachers have testified that I am a creative and articulate writer, but I really try not to be arrogant about it. I am open to criticism and I try to be attentive to other peoples' work and I like to treat others as I would like to be treated. And on that note, I would like to give a warm "Hello" to everyone here on the forum!
     
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    Hey neato9611! Welcome to the WF!

    Interesting introduction. (I don't think I've ever heard of the word "sophomore" before... I learn a new word everyday :))

    Nice to meet you
    - Jack
     
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    Howdy Neato, 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 reviewing as a critical 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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    Thanks! I'm honestly glad to see a forum with some hospitality. I'm looking forward to being a member on this forum I'll keep your advice in mind, Cogito.
     

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