1. Martini
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    Martini New Member

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    Hello!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Martini, Mar 23, 2010.

    I'm not really sure I'm in the right place... but I hope so!

    I'm not a creative writer. I'm an Art student living in London. The reason I wanted to sign up on this site is that I'm really struggling with getting good grades with my essays and I want people to chat to about where I might be going wrong.

    I've tried the typical student forums, but they seem to talk about stuff like money problems and hangovers. I don't need that stuff! I need to talk about essay structure!

    Anyway I see you have an essay section here so hopefully at least some of you will want to talk about that too!
     
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    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hello Martini, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Just so you know from the outset, we cannot give you detailed help on current school assignments. We would not be doing you a service by helping you patch over writing problems your teachers should see. They need to assess your unaided writing so they can adjust their lesson plans or provide individual assistance, and we will not interfere in that process.

    Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Hey, welcome. :) Hopefully we'll be able to give some insight, but not much, like Cog said. :)
     

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