1. mizzy b

    mizzy b New Member

    Feb 12, 2010
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    Maryland, U.S.A

    Did you mizz me?... Oh! You never met me.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mizzy b, Feb 12, 2010.

    Hello to all. I feel kind of dumb four having four post before I make an introductory post, but hey, that's how I am. The name is Brandon, John Brandon to be exact, but you all may forget about formalities or things of that nature and call me Mizzy.
    I am a forumist by nature, and a writer at heart. When I seen these combined into one website, a forum about writing, I just had to join. I am very excited to join a place where I can discuss books, have my literature reviewed, and just revel in the atmosphere of intelligent people such as yourselves. I hope to become a valued member here and I will try to be as active as I can to achieve that goal.
    -Mizzy B.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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 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. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the forums. :)
  4. writewizard

    writewizard New Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    Don't feel bad about not posting an introductery post right away, although it is the best thing to do. I waited 100 posts before introducing myself, so you are not alone. That being said, you gain so much advice when posting in the introduction forums, I wish I had done it sooner.

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