1. Giant 0tter
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    Otter has arrived. :P

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Giant 0tter, Dec 3, 2008.

    Heya,

    I'm Otter. Well, my name is actually Matt, but the nickname takes priority in most social situations, so I'd much prefer being known around here as Otter. As for my username, it is simply my internet alias which has gradually stuck over the years.

    I'm 18 years of age and currently residing in Bangor, Northern Ireland. I thoroughly enjoy creative writing and I hope to study English Literature at University next year.

    I look forward to submitting, reading and reviewing.

    Thanks. :)
     
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    Hello Otter, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Not in that order, I hope!

    Posting your own work should definitely 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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    Hi and welcome. :)
     
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    Welcome aboard Otter!
     
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    Hello there, Otter! Love the nickname. Is there a story behind it?
     
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    Welcome to the forums otter :) Have you applied to uni yet? Any idea where you want to go?
     
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    Welcome to the forums otter.
     
  8. Giant 0tter
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    I hope to attend Queens University, Belfast. As for the question about a possible story behind my nickname; quite frankly it's a long, pointless tale from my childhood. Maybe another time. :p
     
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    Welcome to the site 0tter!

    Best regards :p

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