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    Hey, I'm a noob

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BadGrammar, Jan 23, 2009.

    Just thought I would say hi. I've been looking for a good community to learn more about writing, this one seems pretty active.

    My name is Dan, I'm a government contractor by trade, but spend much of my time building racecars. I run a local motorsports forum for my friends to keep in touch with eachother, and recently started a creative writing thread.

    I got caught up in it and started writing a series of short stories. Now I'm hooked. I've always had a desire to tell stories, but my writing skills are... meh...


    so anyways, that was my alcohol fueled intro. now I'm going to go read a ton of threads.
     
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    Welcome! I'm sure you'll enjoy the Writing Forums. I, too, enjoy writing series of short stories. We'll get along just fine. :)
     
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    Hey BadGrammar! Welcome to the WF!
    Nice to meet you!
    - Jack
     
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    Hello Dan, 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.

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    thanks


    yeah, I was reading about this earlier. honestly, as I would like some critiques on my work... I'm hesitant to post anything until I learn a little more.

    especially my first few stories... it almost hurts to go back and read that stuff now. it needs work, lets just say that. haha
     
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    ... so much wasted potential in that username... why not "BadGrammer"

    whyy!!!!

    welcome to the forums, review then post some stuff dude
     
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    my grammar is so bad that I was actually attempting to spell "grammar" incorrectly, and spelled it the right way instead.

    my skills are the real deal.
     
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    Welcome! Hope you enjoy your stay.

    Look forward to seeing your name on posts - and reviews. And that intro note you got from one of the moderators - it's true - you need to review. And frankly - once you start reviewing - it gets easier - and more enjoyable. The folks on this site seem very constructive - but they are not proofreaders for obvious mistakes - so before posting at least run your stuff through a spell checker. Then you'll be fine.

    And good luck w. the Race Car stuff. That topic is hot as hell right now. Have some fun.
     
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    thanks. yeah, I reviewed 1 already, and I'm starting to see the merits of it. A critical mind will always produce better quality.
     

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