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    Hi!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by The Penguin, Sep 16, 2009.

    Well, like the title said, hi.

    I don't know how old you guys are, but I'm probably young to you -- I'm a 16 year old boy. For as long as I can remember I've been reading books and writing stories. Writing and reading are definitely two of my strongest passions.

    I've come to these forums in hopes of improving my writing. I also hope to get some help and critique on my essays.

    I plan on staying here for a long time. Thanks!
     
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    Hello Penguin, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Before you can get critique, you must first give 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.

    Howver, we cannot give detailed critique on homework assignments.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here in any case. 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 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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    Hi and welcome to the asylum!
     
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    Hello there Penguin...liking the name. :D

    Welcome to the forums!!!
     
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    Welcome and all that jazz. :D Enjoy your stay... I think you'll like it here!
     
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    Now we have The Hedgehog and The Penguin!!!! Yaaaaaaaaah!!!!

    Welcome Penguin, glad to have you here. :)
     
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    OK, so we have the mammals and the birds covered. Now where are our reptiles, fish, insects, and crustaceans? We should cover the animal kingdom, in my opinion. :rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks for all the warm welcomes! :)
     
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    lol hello and welcome :D hope you like it here :)
     
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    welcome to the jungle!
     
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    Aye, another adolescent!

    I hope to work with you very soon.
     
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    Hi and welcome Penguin.
    I think theres plenty of people around your age here, so i wouldn't feel left out in anyway.

    Have fun exploring and learning :cool:
     
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    Welcome to the forums, Penguin. Enjoy your creative journey.
     

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