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    Hi!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by manali, Aug 27, 2008.

    Hi! I found this forum pretty much by accident while browsing the net.

    Being in my late forties, I suppose I'm pretty old compared to many here. :)

    I used to write a bit when younger. Had a couple of stories come out in magazines and a few articles published in an evening newspaper.

    Now that I'm an 'empty nester', I thought I'd restart writing, but don't know where to begin. Hence my presence here. :)

    BTW, I live in India.
     
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    Hello Manali, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    You're probably above the median age on the forum, but there are plenty of us older folks as well. I am 55, myself. Today is always a good day to start, no matter what age you are.

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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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    Cogito-

    Thanks for the welcome.

    And yes, I will certainly try to review other members' writing first before posting my own. :)
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums; What do you like to write? Sci-Fi? Mystery? Horror? Fantasy? Thriller? Romance...?
     
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    welcome, manali!... and you're just a kid, to me, plus i didn't start writing seriously till i was in my 40s, so don't worry about your age...

    namaste!... love and hugs, maia
     
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    Thanks for the welcome, NightRunner and Mammamaia. Now I'll go see if can find my way around the forum. :)
     

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