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    It's nice to be here!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by helent, Oct 22, 2009.

    Hello!:D My mind goes utterly blank when it comes to writing anything to do with myself, so forgive me if this is brief;).

    I've been writing pretty much constantly for eight years now. Mostly fanfiction in various fandoms. Angel, Supernatural and Star Wars to name a few. I am also a vociferous reader with a huge list of authors that I like to read. Having come from the fanfiction side of writing, I'm used to interacting with readers and offering support to other writers within fandoms. Basically, I love to read, write and interact. I'm hoping against hope to find new friends here and a forum to call my creative writing home.

    Yeesh! That wasn't so brief after all.:p
     
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    Hello Helen, 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 to the forums!
     
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    Hello, Helent. I'm a new member myself. As did you, I just registered today. Consider me a friend.

    I hope you enjoy the forum. Keep me in mind if you need any constructive criticism.
     
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    Hello and welcome :cool:
     
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    Hello mate, welcome! we're all friendly here... until you get 'REVIEWED'!!!!! haha, nah, only pulling your leg mate, have fun :)
     
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    Yay! Thanks to everyone for the welcome!:D I look forward to fun, games and a little creativity.
     

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