1. Maroon
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    Howdy

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Maroon, Jun 7, 2009.

    Hello, all.

    I'm a new member, and I wanted to break the ice.

    I am roughly half way through my first novel, and am learning some tough lessons about editing and revision. Having lurked about and browsed the forums for a while, it's encouraging to find that I'm not alone! It's wonderful to find such a supportive, dynamic community.

    So here's to absorbing the benefit of your collective experience, and hopefully to adding something to the mix as well.

    Big love,

    Maroon

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    Halloo Maroon, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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 thanks for the welcome!

    I will definitely immerse myself in the boards and the work of others for a good while before posting anything of my own. The few reviews I've read so far have already given me lots of guidance.

    Thanks again!

    Maroon

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    Hello to you, too

    Hi from another newbie, also with a novel in the works.

    Julia
     
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    Hi and welcome to the site! Hope to see you around :-D

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