1. Penny Dreadful
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    Newbie here

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Penny Dreadful, Jan 18, 2009.

    I've been writing since I learned to read. Through my years in grade school, I was forced into several contests by teachers and won a few small town awards. Aside from that, I'm very picky about my own writing and switch between being quite proud of it to retraining myself from taking a lighter to it.

    But I hear that's pretty common.

    I've never sent anything in to a publisher as a result, though I'm in the process of sending out a short story. I'm also in the first draft of a fantasy novel (novels are my heart :D) and am not looking forward to the inevitable process of cutting out the lengthier bits.

    Let's see... when I'm not writing I enjoy reading, playing video games, and watching the new season of Nip/Tuck :p... I'm also a bit of a horror buff.
     
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    Welcome, Penny. Love the name.
     
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    i couldn't stand horror like 2 years ago but now im quite "buff" as well

    cool writing history and take care
     
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    Hello Penny, 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.

    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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