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    Hi!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Isaiah JS, Apr 30, 2013.

    Been foruming for years; it's great to finally see an active writing website with critique requirements. I'm 17 and a junior in high school. I've got a ton of poems laying around and try to write at least one a day (used to do two, but life got busy). Been published twice and won a couple contests, but nothing very big.

    I'm mostly a music man though. I play saxophone concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band through school, and I play piano too. I'm in 4 bands aside from that plus I do a lot of solo composing, so I keep pretty busy. I also compete in Humorous Duet Acting on speech team and made it to state this past year, but didn't place there.

    Anyway, I read the rules and basics guide things and I'm really excited to jump in here. Please feel free to PM me; I don't get to talk writing much in my real life.

    Question: Are newbies allowed to enter contests, or does the 14 day rule apply to those as well?
     
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    Welcome to the forum, Isaiah!

    Super jealous that you can play sax - that's so cool.

    Do you only write poetry, or are you interested in other types of writing as well? A lot of the discussion threads around here tend to be based on fiction writing, but it could be nice to see some insights from a poet and other types of writers as well. Hope to see you around the forum!
     
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    Thanks! I used to write prose years ago, and I did just write a short story for my creative composition class, but I'm mostly a poet now. I'm no stranger to those types of writing discussions though, and I hope that my comments can prove valuable to someone. I hope to see you around too!
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Isaiah JS!

    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 and welcome. For you I think poetry is a good choice as it will be a benefit if you decide to write your own songs.
     

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