1. callmeSteve

    callmeSteve New Member

    Mar 16, 2010
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by callmeSteve, Mar 16, 2010.

    Hello there, my name is Steve. My interests include writing (mostly fictional prose), playing madden (NFL video game), following american football, and long walks on the....wait no wrong website. Forget I said that.

    Moving on, I joined because I want to get back to writing. I used to write all the time but I have gotten away from it. This forum seems pretty well set up and I like the way the rules force community interaction. I like to think that critique is something that I am moderately adept at, and I hope that what I say can contribute to someone's success.

    Now, I can't honestly say that I joined this forum because I simply want to help others improve. That would just be a silly lie. I also would like to improve my own work, and i hope that the community here will help me with that as well.

    Just a little background about myself in case any stalkers out there are interested: I am 19, I live in the New England (in the US), I live with my parents, I work third shift security at the local hospital (which is sure to inspire some interesting writing), and I am currently on hiatus from school.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Steve, 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!
  3. Lydia

    Lydia Contributor Contributor

    Jun 9, 2009
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    Somewhere out there.
    Welcome, Steve! I'm sure you'll be able to learn a lot around here. :)
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI

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