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    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    Wow! This place is amazing!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Link the Writer, Sep 24, 2009.

    I feel like I've just died and gone to heaven. Cliched, I know, but it fits. :)

    I've been on a previous writing forum before, but it was mostly dedicated to critiquing a fantasy series. I won't mention that or the name of the author to pay respects.

    I can't wait to begin. My brain is just a-bubbling with new ideas, questions...everything! I think I'll have a good, long enjoyable time here. :D

    EDIT: I'm not a published writer, but I have dreams of being one some day.

    EDIT II: My name's not origional nor creative, I know. You can call me John.
     
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    Hello John, 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.

    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 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). 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 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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    Right. I'll get to work reading them. I don't want to start my first day here on a bad note.
     
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    Hello John, welcome to the forums. :D
     
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    Hello, and welcome! I'm glad you're so excited to be here, and I hope you enjoy it like I do. :)
     
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    I'm hesitant on starting a topic too soon. Should I wait a while?
     
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    Welcome to zeh forums. ^^ To answer your question, don't feel hesitant about posting your work if you're ready to do so (and have already reviewed twice, at least). You're here to make your mark on your writing style; let everyone see it! I'd visit Wayfarer's Tavern in the Lounge and say hello to everyone; it's good to introduce yourself, as a few more people check there, too.

    Hope you enjoy your stay!
     
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    Hey John, welcome! I'm absolutely sure you're going to enjoy your stay here! :)
     
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    Hello and welcome John, have fun exploring and learning :cool:
     
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    Well, I've just made my first thread. :) I hope I put it in the right place.
     
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    it is pretty awesome here. :D welcome!
     

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