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    heya :)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by shaihulud, Mar 16, 2012.

    Just wanted to say hi, I have not studied writing but really enjoy putting sentences together and telling stories :) so I thought i might delve deeper into it all. Also to learn more English!
    Is there a post somewhere around with rules, pointers on how to post in these forums?
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, shaihulud!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself and Cogito) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    Banzai
     
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    cool, thanks! seems like I found the right place :)
    You mentioned giving 2 constructive reviews, is there a way for the Thread creator to mark it as such or is it simply up the the reviewer to determine?
     
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    Please read the contents of the Important Information block on the site home page. In addition to the site rules, you'll find the answers to your questions about the Writing Workshop and what comprises constructive critiques.
     
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    I have read much of the "imporant info" posts (incl. "constructive critique") but didnt find an answer to my question. So I will find the answer as I continue reading, just asking for a helping hand :)
    Anyway it will probably take a while untill I have the skills to give a formal constructive critique so it doesn´t really matter i guess!
     
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    Welcome! :)

    To answer your question, there's no official way to mark a critique as one that counts. However, you will be fine as long as your critique contains specific, constructive advice. It could be just one short paragraph, but think of a couple of things that could have made the story better. If you didn't have any problems at all with it (which should be really rare), say WHY you liked it - what writing techniques worked for you and why. Don't just write "It was good."
     

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