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  1. Susan

    Susan New Member

    Feb 24, 2009
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    Goodday Everyone!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Susan, Feb 24, 2009.

    My name is Susan, I am fifteen years old and I live in Belgium.

    I write as a hobby. I started writing because I have always had a very big imagination when I was younger, I was always making up stories. When I got older I started writing them down, and still now there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think up a new story idea. (I don't write them all down, but I'm thinking them up all of the time).

    I'm probably not even that good, but I joined to improve myself. I am in the fourth year of secondary school. English is my mothertongue, but at school my first language is Dutch. So I have actually never had any spelling or grammar lessons in English, I learnt how to spell by reading a lot of books.

    I'm very glad to join the forums, and I hope I'll be able to learn a few things and improve my writing skills!
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Susan, 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 reviewing as a critical 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!
  3. Dalouise

    Dalouise Contributing Member

    Feb 9, 2009
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    Hi and welcome! :)

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