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    New to this lark..

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gordon, Aug 20, 2008.

    Hello All,

    I'm an Edinburgh man, 40, and have written a couple of wee shorts in the past, although not for a while. I'll look at the writing on the site and maybe add something myself. I'm here because I love writing and reading other's work. So bear with me.
     
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    Your Surname's not Brown, is it?
     
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    Oh dear..

    Surely you could have come out with something a bit less obvious?
     
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    Hello Gordon, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    At least the obvious has been taken care of, and is hopefully now out of the way. :)

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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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    Thanks Cognito,

    I've already started looking at some of the stories here and I'll look around to get a general feel for the site before posting anything. I tend to write in Scottish dialect but I'll be mindful of the global audience here and try to tone it down a bit!

    Slainte'

    G
     
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    Sorry, Cogito.
     
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    Welcome to the forums :)
     
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