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    'Ullo there.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MarkW, Feb 17, 2009.

    Hello, I'm Mark, as the name suggests.

    I'm seventeen, and have been writing for a few years now. I initially started off writing fan-fiction on a gaming forum, and still do to this day. That forum also has a writing section for original pieces including poetry, songs, novels, and short stories.

    I enjoy writing, but have only ever written a handful of original pieces, most of which are short stories.

    I'm hoping to lend a hand to other people and improve my own writing skills and output by joining these forums.

    Cheers.
     
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    Welcome to the WF Forums Mark.

    I do hope that i see you around.

    (Ahh , another gamer!) ;)
     
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    Welcome Mark! Nice to meet you. I'm Michele. This forum is a great way to improve your writing skills. Nothing shows you what's wrong better than critiquing others and being critiqued. :)
     
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    Hi from another new member :)
     
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    Hello Mark, 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 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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    Hey Mark! Welcome to the WF!

    Only a year difference :)

    Nice to meet you
    - Jack
     
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