1. mangy

    mangy New Member

    Jan 21, 2010
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    South Africa

    Hi from SA!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mangy, Apr 15, 2010.

    Hello everyone, I'm Mangy and I am a 21 year old from south africa.

    I've actually been skulking around this site for a while now but have just recently decided I need to get my hands dirty reviewing and getting reviewed.

    Anyway, I suppose you would like to know how I relate to the wonderful world of writing? Basically I do it as a form of relaxation and of course to express my creativity. Sometimes I just get this stuff in my head that has to come out.
    I have never really thought about getting published or anything like that, so have never thought about getting my work critiqued. Lately however I have realized that that doesn't mean my writing shouldn't improve.
    So Here I am, and hopefully I can help others improve too!:)

    And thats about it, so hello once again!
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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. mercy

    mercy New Member

    Jul 30, 2007
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    American currently living abroad
    ...So here you are, and we are very glad you are here.
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WF! :p
  5. Sezensteal

    Sezensteal New Member

    Apr 9, 2010
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    Hey mangy. Welcome to WF.

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