1. Foamy

    Foamy New Member

    Mar 2, 2010
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    How are you?

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Foamy, Mar 2, 2010.

    Hello, I've just stumbled across this site and was intrigued to join, so I did.:)
    Just a little contextual background in respect to me, I am an Australian teenager(just turned 17) and have always had a passion for writing, but never the incentives, however I've seem to have found a newfound fervor for literature and writing, boredom being the stimulus.

    I do hope that I can meet with fellow writers and be inspired and inspire, I love variety and am very open-minded and I hope age isn't a huge factor in relation to friendships here, a lot of people seem, extremely intelligent and creative, which is rare, it would be a shame if age was a predicament and barrier.

    I am genuinely enticed and am looking forward to becoming a loyal and eager member.

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Age would only be important if you were younger than 12 or 13. We discourage members younger than that here due to content. At the same time, we expect all posted content to be suitable for members as young as 13. Other than that, age is only a factor to the extent you make it 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!
  3. 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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