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    Well hey there.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Aifendragon, Sep 19, 2011.

    I'm new to this forum and I'll be honest - I'm here out of curiosity. I'm a member of other writing forums and according to the stories going round, this place is a little... strict. A few of the people I talk to have been summarily removed from this site - I believe the record was 48 minutes for an off-colour joke to a moderator - and I just wondered what it was really like here. I'm not here to push boundaries or cause trouble; as I said, I'm just curious. So I'll see you guys around, I guess.
     
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    Hey!

    I don't experience this site as especially strict, but it does have rules. They only make the forums more useful, though! :D
    Have fun while staying here.
     
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    Hello AifenDragon, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    The stories are spread by those who have been disciplined for cause. There are rules, and when members refuse to follow them, there are consequences. That is true of any site that has managed to survive withoiut descending into chaos.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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 and welcome! :)
    I've heard complaints about ├╝ber strictness too, but i haven't found anything to gripe about personally.
    hope you enjoy :)
    ~Jso7m3711
     
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    The main rule is that you have to give at least two constructive critiques on other people's writing in the review room before you post your own writing sample there.

    Welcome!
     
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    ^And be here for at least two weeks, but it really isn't bad. It gives you enough time to wander around the site :)
    Welcome to the Writing Forums, and I hope we'll get to see a lot of you around here. :)
     
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    Hello and welcome :)
     

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