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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by C.M. Maish, Mar 2, 2009.

    Well for starters, my name is Candace. I am a teenage resident of Southern California and I come here to learn from others to make my dream of becoming a writer more realistic.

    Quick Facts:

    - I am deeply involved in music. I play the marimba in my school drumline and am familiar with the clarinet and bass clarinet.

    - I enjoy reading.

    - My all-time favorite is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, who is my favorite writer (may he rest in peace). I was unknowingly exposed to his creations at the tender age of 3 due to the movie Jurassic Park (which is my all-time favorite) and several years later, I read his piece. He's been my inspiration since I started writing. :)
     
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    Hello Candace, 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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    Welcome aboard Candace!

    What kind of writing are you interested in? Articles, short stories, novels?

    There is a weath of information in this forum, take full use of it, but your opinion is valuable as well. Make sure to read the offerings that are posted and tell the author what you think. It is one way that we both can grow as writers! :)
     
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    Hi and welcome! :)
     

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