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    I'm Brand New! :D

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Alanabunny, Nov 15, 2009.

    Hi!

    I'm brand new to this site, or any real writing forum for that matter.. I'm so excited about this forum because it seems to be so organized, and active. Not to mention the honesty, and willingness to help I've seen through just exploring a matter of minutes. The site seems to have a really intelligent population, and I'm very interested in getting involved anyway I can.

    I am an aspiring writer, 14 years old, and hoping to publish a novel by 18. (It's been my goal since I was much younger, and I've had no luck getting more than a chapter along. :rolleyes:) My preferred genres are fiction/realistic fiction, and I am a lover of Harry Potter and a hater of Twilight. I think fantasy is rarely well-done, and it has to feel realistic to appeal to me, so I am very hard on myself when writing or coming up with ideas.

    I hope this site can help me improve my writing abilities, get further along with that impossible goal of mine, and maybe I'll meet a few interesting people along the way. :)
     
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    Hello Alana, 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.

    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 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! :]
     
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