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    Joel New Member

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    'Sup peeps!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Joel, Dec 29, 2009.

    Hey,

    This place seemed to be the most appropriate place to start; so, I'll just get on and introduce myself then :)

    I'm Joel, I'm 20 years old, and I hail from England (South East area). I'm currently at university student studying for my Bachelor's degree in Theology - I graduate next year. After that, I hope to go on to do an MA in Biblical Studies. Aside from theology, I also have interests in German, Russian, French and Genealogy :)

    I'll be honest, I haven't really written much before (fiction wise at least), and I'm more than likely just going to refrain from posting any "stories" or "proto-novels" of mine - I'd rather focus on reading other people's stuff, and learn from what they've written, instead of diving right in at the deep end (slowly but surely is definitely an axiom I lead my life by! Well, that and patience is a virtue!).

    So, yer; that's me!

    Joel
     
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    Hello Joel, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Yes, patience is a virtue, one that will surely be tested as you grow as a writer. In any case, posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 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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    Welcome to the Forums, Joel :).
    I'm Natacha, and new as well.
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    welcome.
     
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    Welcome. My brother is named Joel. However, he is younger than you. Just found this fact amusing.

    Greetings to the forums.
    Please stay
    (and enjoy it!)

    Writewizard
     
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    hehe, good to know :) I hope I'll stay on the forums :/ I join most forums and then just forget about them after a while :eek:
     

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