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    Hey!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Niralen, Dec 21, 2008.

    Hello everybody, Its taken me a while to post here I know, but I can plead computer issues (whole thing collapsed :mad:) So...


    I'm 17 years old as of about 2 weeks ago, with a large vocabulary and imaginiation, hence the fact that most of my writing is fantasy-orientated.

    Favourite authors are: J.R.R Tolkien and George R.R. Martin which are both fantasy writers. my own attempts at writing and generally based of other fantasy storys, ie WoW or Warhammer, though I do have a bit of my own creative stuff coming through slowly.

    Other likes: Hm, music wise would be rock/metal. I really like Iron Maiden (went to their concert in Feb) and Nightwish (missed that one by about 5 days). I also enjoy studing religion (I'm kinda wierd like that) and other ways of thought.

    So, theres a rough outline of the madness thats joined the site. Hoping to have some fun and better my writing abilities.

    Cheers,
    Michael
     
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    Hello Niralen, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Well, you know what they say - it's not the size of the vocabulary, it's how you use it! :)

    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.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Thanks for the welcome Cogito, I'll head over to the review room for a read of the rules. :)
     

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