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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DozerZigashi, Jun 6, 2010.

    Hello everybody, I am Dozer Zigashi. I live in rural North Dakota and have been writing seriously for the past four years. I am currently working on a Science Fantasy/Romance novel which is moveing rather slowly, mostly due to school. I am 17 years old and just finished my junior year of high school, which makes me officially a senior. (woot!) I am currently employed at our local community newspaper and am hoping to attend college to major in Creative Writing and Minor in Video Production (or something along that line). Well, that sumarizes about anything I can think of saying, if you would like to know any more feel free to ask. :)
     
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    Hi there and welcome :)
     
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    Hello Dozer, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Nope. Won't ignore spelling errors in your writing. That would not be doing you any favors. Spelling and grammar are not optional skills for a writer, and you should be actively practicimg both, even in casual writing, to overcome these roadblocks. However, we won't nitpick you in your general posting, even though we will be relentless in any writing samples you present for comment.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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 for your warm welcomes everyone.

    And to Cogito, i was refering to my spelling errors in my posting, haha. I ask for people to be brutal when reading over anything that I have written, it is the best way to improve IMO.

    And I am well aware of the dangers of posting any works that you want to sell for publishing. Which is why I only post short stories on sites such as this, that way I can get help on my writing techniques and style more than anything. And also thank you for all the links, I will most certainly look at them and enjoy my time exploring the forum.
     

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