1. wyson

    wyson New Member

    Dec 21, 2009
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    General Intro

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wyson, Dec 21, 2009.

    Hi All...

    Figured I would join here so that I can find some ways of roping myself in and get serious with my writing...I have always been very good at it - but tend to be my own worst enemy when it comes to editing...

    I have a BA in Literature, and spent a lot of time focused on analytical reading, and the training has helped me in various aspects of life...

    But, as a stay at home mom, I should have the time to seriously write - I have a lot to write about...I have been battling for nearly 30 years with a chronic illness, and help many many others daily on an online support group...

    Its time to get some more voices heard - and I know I have the skill - I just have to focus, stop being my worst critic, and get working on this...

    Anywho - looking forward to spending some time here and brushing up on my skills and knowledge so I can get this thing going....

  2. Pallas

    Pallas Contributor Contributor

    Aug 29, 2009
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    New York
    Hello C. Welcome to the forums, hope they can of help to you in your endeavors.
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello C, 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!
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    welcome to the WF.
  5. LadyLazarus

    LadyLazarus New Member

    Nov 18, 2009
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    Bournemouth, England.
    Welcome to WF! I hope you get what you want from it. :D

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