1. Spuddfluff

    Spuddfluff New Member

    Feb 20, 2010
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    Hi there.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Spuddfluff, Feb 21, 2010.

    Hi, I plan on submitting a few short stories here so you can critique my writing style.

    I enjoy a large range of novels, but generally I will have a flavour of the month genre, at the moment it is crime novels.

    I suppose in most peoples eyes I would be considered a liberal, I play rugby and am aiming to achieve a ski instructors qualification.

    Since I'm still young I would hope one day to have a book published if not an article.

    And Cogito, I have already lurked the forums a bit, so no need for that response I see on this board so often :p
  2. Wavanova

    Wavanova Member

    Feb 16, 2010
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    Welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy it here :D

    (Also, Cogito just seems to post that for everyone.)
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    You may not have seen that 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.

    So 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!
  4. cboatsman

    cboatsman New Member

    Feb 4, 2010
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  5. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome! :)
  6. writewizard

    writewizard New Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    greetings :D
  7. Normal

    Normal New Member

    Feb 2, 2010
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    Niverville, MB
    Hello, welcome to the WF, I look forward to reading anything that you would like to submit.

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