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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Squirrel, Oct 23, 2010.

    Good evening everyone!

    My name is Asiza, I live in Johannesburg South Africa, and on this lovely warm night I've decided to be brave and get back to work on improving my writing. I chose Squirrel as a user name as my husband alluded to it one day and I agreed it suited me perfectly. The story goes my introversion was playing up and he compared me to a squirrel hiding behind her tail - image stuck with me.

    I started writing as a teenager, mostly poems and some fanfic here and there, but I really want to improve my poetry to a level where I'm not the only one who understands what I wrote... :) I also enjoy writing stories, unfortunately I'm very bad at finishing them - another point on the improvement agenda.

    I look forward to meeting everyone and being as constructive and supportive as possible!

    Sq
     
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    SQUIRREL! *chases up a tree*

    Um. Sorry, would be intellectual but...
     
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    Welcome Asiza. :)
     
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    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Hi, Squirrel, and welcome!
     
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    Hello Asiza, 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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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    Did you know squirrels can be aggressive? Welcome!
     
  7. Squirrel
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    Thank you all for the welcome!

    Squirrels can be aggressive, yes. I'll be sure to leave my teeth and claws at home....:)

    I'm off to do some scratching around the writing tree
     

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