1. Rayeneth

    Rayeneth New Member

    Jan 2, 2009
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    Greetings and Salutations

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rayeneth, Jan 2, 2009.

    Firstly, hello everyone who reads this(and those who dont!), I hope to get to know some(or all) of you and see if we can't work together persuing our common goals.

    Bit about myself - My name is Casey, I am 24 years old and have never written before. Although I do not concider myself a writer('yet'), I have been mulling over the idea of writing for a few years. That in mind I did some searching and came across this forum. My hopes are to write a novel, though I do understand that is a rather large undertaking, the idea i have fills my mind constantly.

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    A novel IS a big undertaking. Not to imply that short stories are easier, but you can develop many of the fundamentals needed for both shorts and novels in short stories, with less investment than if you dive right in to a novel. Short stories must stay tightly focused, and this can be harder than it sounds. You can get away with a bit more slop in a novel, not that it's ever a good thing.

    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. Kit

    Kit Contributor Contributor

    Apr 14, 2007
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    Welcome to the forums :)

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