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  1. kaylynwrong

    kaylynwrong Member

    Aug 27, 2010
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    Lawrence, Kansas

    Bonjour! :-)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kaylynwrong, Aug 27, 2010.

    Hi all,

    I've been lurking around this website for the past few weeks. When I finally felt the urge to respond to someone's post, I realized I hadn't registered yet! :eek:

    My name is Kaylyn. I'm a college student living in Kansas. I'm avid reader, and though I've already hit my twenties, I primarily read YA fiction. On occasion, I branch out into the wider world and act more my age, but not too often. :rolleyes: I like being around teenagers, talking to teenagers, reading about teenagers, etc. I just really love YA.

    For the past few years, I've dabbled in writing, but I've never made a truly serious effort until recently. I'm nearly 40,000 words into my first draft of a YA novel-my summer project. I'd love to complete the first draft (75,000-80,000 words) sometime within the next couple of months.

    Anyway, that was a tidbit about me. I guess it's time for me to stop lurking and to be more active!
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Kaylyn, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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 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!
  3. Shinn

    Shinn Banned

    Jan 1, 2008
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    New Zealand
    G'day Kaylyn and welcome :D
  4. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome Kaylyn. :)
  5. Gingerbiscuit

    Gingerbiscuit Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2010
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    Melton Mowbray in Merry old England
    HEy Kaylin, welcome to the forum!
  6. Zane

    Zane Contributing Member

    Jul 24, 2010
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    Far away from someone...
    Welcome :)

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