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    Well yes, I'm new

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WashingtonIrving, Apr 30, 2009.

    And I'm certainly not a writer. I think I've actually completed a short story recently, but it is hard to tell. But I've been at a loose end for a few months so I've been writing, not always fiction. Most of it has been horrible, hopefully some of it has been mildly less so however. So I'm looking to learn, post some stuff, get some feedback, contribute to any discussions about stuff other people have written because I'm a hell of a lot stronger on that. Yeah. If you want to know more, just ask.
     
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    Hello Washington Irving, 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 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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    All seems sensible! I have never posted on a writing forum before, I'm not the biggest contributor to forums that I frequent but I try to comment every so often. Thanks for the welcome :).
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
     
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    Hi and welcome! :)
     
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    Welcome to the forums! :)
     
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    Hi and welcome to the site! Hope to see you around :-D

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