1. Artifex

    Artifex Member

    Nov 11, 2008
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    South Africa

    Hi, another new guy.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Artifex, Nov 17, 2008.

    I'm Joseph, I am 23 years old. I've just finished studying and am working, I joined the site because in school I was told by different teachers never to stop writing and if I do have a talent for writing, I'll be able to hone it here. I've already read some of the short stories on this site and I thought they were pretty good, and now I would like to see if I can offer something unique. I write for fun.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    If it's not fun, you should probably not bother. There will be enough tedious work involved in knocking the story into shape that if writing isn't at least fun on the starting line, you'll never be able to get through the finicky parts.

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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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