1. dspiritz

    dspiritz New Member

    Feb 23, 2010
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    Hey Guys

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dspiritz, Feb 28, 2010.

    Hey all

    I joined up about a week ago, not fully understanding the rules about the start. I have now been stalking a few screens, reading as much as possible. I can really seeing myself enjoying this forum, but I'm a bit shy. Still not confortable with constructive critique, so I will lay low for a little while longer, absorbing as much as possible. Then you'll slowly see me become more and more active. :D

    I have always enjoyed the idea of story telling, but have never put pen to paper. I recently decided to give it a go and realised a love commas slightly too much. You know you're doing something wrong when you write a sentance that turns out to be a whole paragraph. But I want to learn, as I am already enjoying myself.

    Anyways, enough rambling from myself. I like tons of music, but find I always come back to my Muse collection. I enjoy reading fantasy titles and love reading authors like Robert Jordan, David Gemmell and Trudi Canavan.
  2. whiskeyjameson

    whiskeyjameson Member

    Feb 24, 2009
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    Reading, PA
    Welcome and enjoy your stay. Don't be shy! Lol. Everyone starts somewhere.
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello dspiritz, 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 anyway. It really 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!
  4. laciemn

    laciemn New Member

    Dec 25, 2007
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    hi =]. I also have a problem with the dreaded paragraph-sentence.
  5. Tigress

    Tigress New Member

    Feb 20, 2010
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    Atlanta, GA
    Welcome, dspiritz! This is definitely the place to get ideas about how to improve your writing. I've only been here a short time myself and have already found many helpful pieces of advice. :)
  6. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WF! :)

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