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    How have I only just discovered this site?!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by thewritestuff, Aug 28, 2008.

    Seriously, I think this is just what I need. I love writing (short stories mostly but one day I will write a novel...) and in the past I've had to get my friends to read my stuff which I really appreciate but it's hard to know whether they're being honest or just saying what they think I want to hear to boost my confidence> I guess what I'm looking for then is some honest criticism.

    Also, I have a really boring job (temping, thank God) which basically just involves sitting at a computer waiting for the phone to ring so if you want a pair of eyes to read over your work then please message me. You'd be doing me a favour!!

    It's great to be here.
     
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    Hello Write Stuff, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Found us you have, though, so here's the quick tour recital.

    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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    Welcome to Writing Forums!

    Enjoy.
     
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    Hey
    Welcome to the Forums :)
    I hope to see some of your work and reviews around the site soon enough.
     
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    Welcome!
    Sometimes the best things are right under your nose, eh? ;)

    I'm looking forward to reading your work; any chance that you have stories about your boring job? :p
     
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    Thanks everyone.
     
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    Thanks. Tell me about it!
    Actually, I don't have any stories about any of my boring jobs. I'm taking a year out before going to university and I've been temping for most of it so I've probably had more than my fair share. Maybe I will write a piece on temping at some point... Thanks for the inspiration!
    At the moment I'm struggling to decide what to do with this novel I've been considering writing. I think I've written the first chapter but I'm not sure its worth carrying on with. Actually, I posted it in the novel section so if you get a spare moment any feedback would be great. Also, if you want any of your stuff critiqued please don't hesitate to ask!
     

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