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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Londoner, May 11, 2009.

    Hello to all you writers out there. Well - I've had a poke round the site and though my little old heart's pumping like crazy have plucked up courage to join, and hope for a mutual exchange of ideas.

    I've never critiqued anyone's work before, so that will be hard, but I'd like to try - because - wait for it - I want some help with my story.

    This site is entertaining - I hope to give something back.

    Londoner
     
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    Hello Londoner, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Critiquing is a valuable skill to develop, and will also greatly enance your ability to improive your own writing.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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). 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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    Hey Londoner. I'm Thehedgehog, but Hedge will do. Welcome to the forum and be sure to refer me to any of your work as soon as its posted. In the meantime, what do you like to write and read. Do you have any hobbies or preference in music. Let me know. :D
     
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    Hi and welcome to the site! Hope to see you around :-D

    ~Lynn
     
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    Hi and welcome :)
     

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