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    Hi all

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by traceymcl, Apr 27, 2013.

    I've just joined and wanted to say hello.

    I have joined up because I want to spend more of my time on writing, learning about it and practicing it. I chose this forum because of the focus on members helping each other and offering feedback for each other's work. I'm very much a fan of working in that way. I have worked for the past 15 years as a computer programmer and working collaboratively is very much part of my day to day work - my colleagues and I critically review each other's code, specifications and any documents suggesting how to resolve issues. We find that it works better if we do that - none of us is infallible and the more eyes on things the better.

    I have spent bits and pieces of my time writing for years. I have a blog for musings on the world. I attend a local community writing group once a week who are wonderful - very supportive, helpful group. I've done a bit of co-writing of a magazine article.

    I'd really like to spend time writing a horror novel and I'm struggling to get myself motivated to do so.

    Over the years I've found online forums immensely helpful in helping me learn how to do things that I've wanted to do so I'm hoping that it'll be the same with writing.

    T
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, traceymcl!

    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 requirements. 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. The requirements of the Writing Workshop don't apply to the contests, so new members are allowed (nay, encouraged!) to get stuck in and enter! We also have a growing short story club (think book club, but with short stories!), which you can find stickied in the Book Discussion forum.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Lemex and Dante Dases) 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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    Hi there, welcome aboard!
     

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