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    Hii!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by blizzardwhispers, Feb 3, 2011.

    Hello everyone. From the posts I've looked at on here so far, most people start with their age, so I'll start there. x)

    I am sixteen, and I've been writing for a while now. Not really seriously until these past few years, but I started in fourth grade. I don't remember the assignment, but I wrote this "amazing" story about me and my closest friends getting a time machine and time-traveling. I thought it was awesome, but reading it now, let's just say it's not my best work. =P

    I've done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for three years now, and each year it just gets more exciting. I did 100k this year! It was a great feeling. For the rest of the year, I write short stories, just random things that pop into my head. I don't usually show my writing, unless it's a close friend and they specifically ask, because I'm afraid it'll suck so much that they'll decide to gouge their eyes out. So, I'm hoping going here and getting/giving critique will help me come out of my shell a bit. So, yay!

    /awkward ending.
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the site. :)

    I've always wanted to do NaNoWriMo, but never have. Kudos to you for writing 100k!
     
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    Hello, and welcome. :)
    Congrats on getting to 100k. My first attempt at NaNoWriMo was in November and I failed. :p
     
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    Welcome! :)
     
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    Hey and welcome to WF.
     
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    Hello Whispers, 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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