1. hal109

    hal109 New Member

    Feb 9, 2013
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hal109, Feb 11, 2013.

    Hello everyone, I'm from Iowa. I dare not pin it down much more than that because I have moved several times in recent years. I actually write quite a lot during the course of a day. The thing is that it's all of an academic nature. I've been a student at the university for several years now and have since cranked out thousands of pages of historical excellence. I must say however that while I am very proud of my writing recently it fails to sooth the itch.

    I was not always a stuffy academic. Once I was quite the crafter of creative musings. I used to shape sentences like the skilled blacksmiths of old, that is before I was trained in how to form them in a factory with steam presses. I mean not to discourage academia, just to say I have another craving.

    My purpose for joining the forum here is twofold. Firstly, as is most common with many people who join this forum, I would like a place to float my ideas around. A wall to bounce the tennis ball off is always nice to have. Secondly, and perhaps even more interesting to me, is a place where I can find interesting things to read and experience. I look forward to what I might find in this forum. Every great writer is an even greater reader.

    So that's my story, I probably won't stick to it. I like to change things up. In closing I just want to say something simple and it is this: hello.
  2. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, hal109!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills. The requirements of the Writing Workshop don't apply to the contests, so new members are allowed (nay, encouraged!) to get stuck in and enter!

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.

  3. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi hal109, welcome to the forums.

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