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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by OPTiiMUM, Feb 28, 2010.

    Hello everyone.

    My name is Jordan and I am new to this site, and also generally new to creative writing as a serious hobby.

    I enjoy reading, and have basic understandings of components of stories etc.

    I will be spending some time searching around these forums trying to pick up some helpful ideas, and hopefully starting a short story, and after that, who knows.

    If there are any sites, links or helpful tips anybody could help me with, I would greatly appreciate them.

    I look forward to an enjoyable stay in this community!
     
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    Hello Jordan, 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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    ok, thank you for the reply.

    I am still a student, and write as a hobby rather than as a possible career.

    Thank you for the advice though, I will look into some of them.
     
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    Welcome to the forums. Have a look around and enjoy your stay! I'm sure you'll find a lot of what you're look for here.
     
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    Hey, welcome. :D
     

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