1. Apollo

    Apollo New Member

    Dec 21, 2008
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    Hello from Canada

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Apollo, Dec 21, 2008.

    Hello fellow members of Writing Forums. As this is my first post I will keep it short and sweet.

    1. I'm a first year University student looking to improve my writing skills through both frequent involvement in this forum, and the start up of a personal blog
    2. I'm looking for people to critique my writing, whether it be my improper use of commas (which happens a lot) or the understandability of my work
    3. What I'm really interested on is teaching people what I know, whether it be learning the basics of video editing, or even writing about not well-known topics like desalination

    Well, it's great to be here guys, and hopefully I'll make some sort of positive impact on other users.
  2. perfectionist

    perfectionist New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
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    Bristol, UK
    Hi there Apollo. I've not been here long but hope you feel welcome.

    So, are you studying something literature or media based, or is this an extra-curricular obsession? My own field is mathematics, but I try and stick my fingers into as many pies as possible.

    One of the best things you can do for your own writing is studying other people's work, and there's plenty of that here. :)


  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Apollo, 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!

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