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    Thanks and hoping to be of use.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cestralisk, Dec 26, 2008.

    Hello, interesting site you have here. I haven’t checked enough of the forums for a complete picture but from what areas I have checked it seems rather friendly and honest.

    For some time I have been an aspiring author of sci-fi/fantasy/romance but my diligence to stay with one project is worse than my grammar and vocabulary combined. I imagine editors could help with grammar/content issues. Vocabulary is not a hot issue (I hope) since I am constantly expanding it. Currently I am trying new techniques that I hope will improve my overall chance of successful completion. I also tend to shy away from providing my work for critique due to paranoia in keeping it safe. Additionally I am generally shy.

    The purpose of my joining this forum site is in hopes of being acquainted with people of similar interests. Perhaps I can be of service in some way while at the same time receiving pointers. I tend to focus on unique worlds (via their mechanics) and odd plots that usually encompass at least one normal or seemingly normal character.

    Thanks and hoping to be of use.

    PS: I noticed the rules mention avatars being no larger than 100x100 pixels even though the actual upload seems to allow a bit larger size. Is it still necessary to limit it to 100x100?
     
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    Hello Cestralisk, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    In answer to yoru question, please try to keep avatars within the indicated size limits.

    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 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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