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    Quick 'Hi' to all

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Northern Phil, May 30, 2009.

    I'll keep this short and just say a quick 'Hi' everybody.
     
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    Well that's great except we know nothing about you, except that you're probably from the north. So... what do you like to write, read, and do you have any hobbies? Welcome, Phil, I'm Hedge. :)
     
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    Hello Phil, 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 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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    Hi Hedge,
    Yeah I'm from the North, although from the North of England.

    I like to read Sci-fi and Fantasy and when I get the chance to write I like to try and stay in those genres.

    I haven't done any serious writing since I left school and so to try and develop I've been reading a variety of diffrent things. I'm currently reading The Last Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. And I've also been writing, a lot of it is rubbish, but I've got one idea which I think is pretty good. To help develop it I've brought a couple of books on writing and I've joined this forum.

    I would like to point out that I haven't joined this forum solely to get people to review my work. As pointed out by Cogito I believe that I can learn by seeing what other people are doing and giving creative criticism to them.

    I'll see you all around.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the site! Hope to see you around :-D

    ~Lynn
     
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    Welcome Nothern Phil!! I hope you have a great time!! Almost everyone here is so nice ! Hope to see you around!
     

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