1. jwh891

    jwh891 New Member

    Oct 18, 2009
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    New member

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jwh891, Oct 18, 2009.

    Hello all! My name is John.

    I am a student at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (located in South Texas for the curious). I am a senior getting my degree in English. I hope to continue my studies and obtain my masters after I graduate.

    I love writing but more than that I love reading. I suppose my love for writing came out of my love for reading.

    My hobbies, other than writing and reading, are my horses and anything ocean related (surfing, scuba diving, swimming, etc.)

    That is pretty much the basic info about me.

    I am really excited about getting to know you all on here and reading your submissions and posting some of my own.

    If you wanna know anything else just feel free to ask. I am usually a pretty open person.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    A writer who doesn't first love reading is, in my experience, unlikely to go very far as a writer. A good writer appreciates language for its own sake, not only as a means of telling a story or explaining an idea.

    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. von Pook

    von Pook Member

    Sep 8, 2009
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    Hello and welcome John :cool:
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    welcome to the forums! :)

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