1. jbaez

    jbaez New Member

    May 14, 2009
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    New here.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jbaez, Jul 25, 2009.

    Hello everyone, I'm new here to the forums. I browse every once in a while and find all the posts interesting, so I decided to join. Seems like a cool site to talk to other people who like to write.

    Anyway, I am a senior in high school and discovered my interest in writing last year during a Composition class. I had never really paid much attention to anything in English, just did what was required of me to get by. Last year, I started putting some effort into my work, and much to my surprise, I started getting better grades and developed a love for writing and literature.

    Now I write in my free time. In college I plan to major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing or maybe even double major in Screen Writing.

    Once I get more accustomed to the forum I'll post some of my work for criticism.

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Jacob, 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.

    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. Daniel

    Daniel I'm sure you've heard the rumors. Founder Staff Contributor

    May 14, 2006
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    Peoria, Illinois
    Hey Jacob, welcome to WF! I think it's really cool that after discovering your love for writing you're going to major in English/creative writing after you graduate.

    Anyway, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Again, welcome!
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  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome!! It's great to have new people!! =)
  5. Rumpole40k

    Rumpole40k Banned

    Apr 30, 2008
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    Paradise City, Street of the Gods
    Hi and welcome!

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