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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ira, Apr 25, 2010.

    Hello!

    I'm an amateur with practically no experience besides roleplaying and the creative-writing School has had me write do through the years. I used to write a lot when I was younger, and I've now managed to find that enthusiasm again. I'm hoping that this site will help me develop my skills, and that the things I'll write will be enjoyed.

    It's a pleasure to be here, and I hope we all get along!

    Ira
     
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    Hello Ira, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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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    Hello Ira. :)
     
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    Hi Ira.

    Please don't feel so down on yourself as I likely have even LESS experience at writing than you do. I think what has motivated me the most has been seeing so many people on TV that are writing books, many of which I doubt actually took the time to do 100% of the work themselves. That and the fact I love to create and invent things.

    I'm new here too, but so far I can tell you the members seem very nice here.

    Cheers,

    Terry
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome.
     
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    A fellow roleplay-enthusiast! Wonderful! :) That's how I got started writing, myself, and I still dearly miss it. Nothin' like completely immersing yourself in a character....

    It's so addictive, I feel sorry for those who don't write because of what they're missing. Hehe.

    Many waffles and a good day to you!
     

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