1. Catchlight

    Catchlight Member

    Jun 18, 2009
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    Kia Ora, from New Zealand :)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Catchlight, Jun 20, 2009.

    I joined a few days ago and have spent literally hours reading through all the various boards and threads. I've already learned so much that I know it's been time well spent and not the procrastination from revising it started out as.

    I've always been passionate about writing, I can't remember when I didn't write. Before I could spell, I guess, and even then I would wander around with a little pad drawing stick figures to tell stories with. Little stick figure ponies that took little stick figure me for rides in a little paper paddock.

    I'm only just beginning to take my writing further. I've finished my first novel and I'm revising and polishing it while starting on the next.

    I hope that I can find something to offer others as I learn and eventually, when I'm brave enough, share something of mine too :)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Kia, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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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