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  1. RyanM

    RyanM Member

    Mar 15, 2009
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    Hi. How are you?

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RyanM, Mar 16, 2009.

    Hi, How are you?

    My name is Ryan... I am in my first year of university and still not sure what I want to do. I haven't been writing too long so, some of my work will have grammatical errors but I will certainly go over and edit as much as I can before posting anything.

    These forums do seem a little intimdating, and I am not sure where to start :). If someone could point me to a forum to start posting and getting to know people that would be great.

    As I have said I have only been writing a very short time, but I have written three short stories that have been selected for a local publishing. Two of the three are in an anthology of local writers of short stories/poetry/art and the third is in a collection being published by 4th and 5th year students at my university.

    Anyway, please point me to where I need to go.

    -RyanM :)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Posting your own work 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.

    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!
  3. Dalouise

    Dalouise Contributing Member

    Feb 9, 2009
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    Hi and welcome! :)

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