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    I'm new.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by to keep my head, Aug 16, 2009.

    Hello everyone, I'm new here as you can tell. My name is Meaghan and I've been writing for about a year and a half. I'm a bit confused as to how this site works, but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the asylum.
     
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    Hello Meaghan, Welcome to the forums.

    Pay no attention to the Wolf up there, we are mildly sane. LOL ;)

    You will be receiving a welcome from Cogito and he will be most helpful in communicating a few rules about posting work for critique and such. In the mean time you can check out the Rules and New Here links located in the little blue "Important Links" box on the home page. So, look around and enjoy yourself. There are some great members to help you find your way.

    Chimmy Bear
     
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    Hello Meaghan, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    (Thanks, Chimmy).

    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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