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    Hi everyone!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ARHarris, Oct 3, 2010.

    Hi, I'm Andy from the UK and just wanted to introduce myself.
    I'll be posting a few chapters today, my first submissions 'shudders'

    Peace.
    Andy.
     
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    Hi there!! :D

    Sorry, fighting urge to talk in all caps for some reason, so you got too many exclamation marks instead. :p

    Hope you've been doing some good in-depth reviewing of other people's stuff before you posted your own work - Cogito will just come along and lock it if you don't.

    I'm gonna save him some time. :p


    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!






    Tee hee hee. *runs away before Cogito gets here*

    I shouldn't post when I'm hyper.
     
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    Welcome Andy. :)
    And yeah, like Melzaar (and no doubt Cogito), you have to do at least two reviews of other people's works before you can post your own writing for critique.
     
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    Hello, Andy, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    I see the class clown has gotten here before me, but in her caffeinated eagerness, she left out a piece:

    Before you can get critique, you must first give constructive critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop. Improving your critiquing skills will improve your ability to find and fix weaknesses in your own writing.

    I'll trust she got all the links right when she copied and pasted the rest, so I'll again conclude with:

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Whaaaa? I copied it from like the second to most recent post you made in the intro forum! If it was lacking, that be your fault. :p
     
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    Hi Andy welcome
     
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    Despite appearances, the post is NOT identical in all cases. There are variations, depending on what the member says in his or her introduction.
     
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    I did think it seemed longer or shorter, but no way was I reading it all again, so I just skip past it now... Better things to do than read the same post ninety zillion times. :p

    I'll, er, leave the welcome speech to you from now on? :p I'm sorry, I stayed in my room 2 straight days apart from a trip to the supermarket so I was getting a bit cabin-fever-y, and that makes me weird on the internet. :p *has other people in the house with me to talk to so will hopefully stop doing silly things*

    I'll, er, shut up now. :D
     

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