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    Hey There

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Epsilon, Jun 1, 2010.

    Hey all, my name's Sean, and I'm 19 and from the UK

    Quite obviously (it's a notoriously difficult business) I'm not a published writer, not even a little short story in some zany sci-fi mag! In fact, I wouldn't really class my writing as any more than a hobby and it's certainly not a career ambition or anything. So I'm just hoping to come here, make friends, read some good fiction and perhaps get a little feedback if I ever decide to knock up something worthy.

    All I can say about me is I'm a nerd and I adore my videogames and films (I might so far as to say they're better storytelling mediums than books..sorry guys!), and football.

    Anyway - hi all!
     
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    Hello Sean, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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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    Um, thank you - yay for automated responses?!
     
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    Not automated, Sean. Templated, but I do respond to every new member personally.
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the WF, and that's not automated.
     
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    I see you like football and are from Liverpool - do you support Liverpool FC? I hope not, what with me being a MUFC supporter myself.
    Also, I automatically like you because you're a nerd. (Not that I am, but I think nerds are cool.)
    Anyhow, welcome Sean.
     
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    Wonderful - I feel touched :p

    And of course not Eunoia, I support Everton and thus, I despise LFC! Nerd I am though.

    Thanks to you too Gigi. Yours wasn't even templated either - can't get better than that!
     
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    Oh no, Everton. Suppose that's better than LFC though.
     

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