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    Hi!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Circe, Aug 25, 2010.

    Circe/Juno/J. Love writing, food, art, travel, music. Would love to be a professional tourist but since I can't, I'm settling for a Counselling degree. INTJ. Cat person. Likes lists.

    :)
     
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    Welcome Circe :)
     
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    Hello Circe and welcome :)
     
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    Thank you both!
     
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    Funny, never before had I heard of the MBTI.

    Aparently I'm an ISTP and I wonder how should I feel about it.
     
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    Hahaha. It's good to take lots of different tests online to get a feel for it, since, well - they are online tests. Every theory has its flaws, but I enjoy the MBIT.

    Normally you go and pay for a licensed tester, but I got lucky and had one for free (college is good for something, after all!).
     
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    Hello Circe, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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!
     
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    Yo Cogito! I reviewed twice in each forum before posting :]. Check the history for my posts.

    I have a question, though. Is correction/negative opinion/anything besides pure praise required to be a "proper" review? What if there is honestly nothing wrong with the piece?
     
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    There's always something wrong at some level or it would be the beast piece ever written.

    It's possible is to find a text beyond your level, to which you can't really suggest anything. What I do in those cases is simply state what I liked most and least and go to another post I can help more.

    Anyway, if you think you've fulfilled the tiny requirements, post any story you want. If it's blocked you'll just have to review something before it's unlocked again; nothing is lost. Not even the reviews done before the blocking.
     
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    It need not be something wrong. It may be a way to express something better. Every piece of writing can be improved.

    Constructive Critiques are specific, and address What, Where, Why, and How for each recommendation. That's the level of detail you need when you are examining your own writing in a revision pass.
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    Welcome to the WF. :)
     
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    So to get this clear, something like:

    I like your poetry

    Will not suffice, as opposed to:

    I like your poetry because it (insert list of literary techniques that were used well)?

    Thanks Eunoia and Gigi!
     
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    There is still nothing there that helps the writer improve his or her writing.

    It could be something like:

    I like your use of the word fury to express Jenna's mood in the second paragraph, but you could go even stronger. Perhaps blind rage instead.
     

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