1. dragonpoet

    dragonpoet New Member

    May 27, 2010
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    Hey... I'm new and...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dragonpoet, May 27, 2010.

    The thing is, that i started writing poetry a year and a half ago. I think the main reson is... well.. It's not that I'm shy or anything, I just have trouble opening up to people. I mean... I think it'd be hard for anybody if they were always judged by their appearance. After I moved and could contact my best freind as often as I wanted to(I moved back to Russia from America).
    I couldn't really share my poetry much, so I'm glad I found this place.
    The reson for it... I guess the main reason is , even thoughI'm bilingual, I can only write well in English. In Russian it's kinda weird. Poetry I mean. In Russia, if it doesn't rhyme, most of it is considered just a 'collection' of phrases.
    Even if there wasn't a lingual barrier there aren't many people my age I can just sit and talk to. It's hard for me to understand them and vice versa.
    The main thing I want to achieve here is just find people aroun mu age, or just people that share similar interests and just talk. I 'm also aiming to improve my writing skills by getting creative critisizm or advice.
    If anyone has any advice on my situation or has been in a similar one, please post it here.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Before you can get critique, you must first give constructive critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop. Improving your critiquing skills will improve your ability to find and fix weaknesses in your own writing.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. 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. Halcyon

    Halcyon Contributor Contributor

    Apr 19, 2010
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    Hi dragonpoet, and welcome to the forum.

    I'm sure you will find like-minded people here, and I hope that your stay is both enjoyable and helpful. :)
  4. Gingerbiscuit

    Gingerbiscuit New Member

    Apr 11, 2010
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    Melton Mowbray in Merry old England
    Hi Dragonpoet, welcome to the Forums.
  5. 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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