1. Ieesha

    Ieesha New Member

    Feb 8, 2010
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    new to here and writing also

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ieesha, Feb 8, 2010.

    My name is Terrie and I have just started a writing course. This is all new to me so ive wandered around your site for the last few hours. I am just relearning the basic's on writing as I've done nothing with it since highschool (1980)
    form, structure and the words one uses for simple things maybe unknown at the moment. so if I critique something it comes from only what i feel as a reader not as a writer. Is that ok?

    I have a few questions.
    How does one learn to critique someones writing?
    I deffinatly see this as a building block to be able to write better myself.

    Do you have any place one can go for a more indept description? I've read your description in the post on contributing to the site.

    I feel uneasy voicing my opinion with my lack of knowledge. I will get better
    as I gain more knowledge.

    Do you have a particular place where people post their work?

    This looks like a good site I hope I can contribute something to it.
  2. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome! :D
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Ieesha, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    The Writing Issues->Reviewing forum is dedicated to discussing critiquing strategies, pitfalls, and etiquette.

    Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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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    Welcome. :)

  5. k.little90

    k.little90 Active Member

    Jul 7, 2009
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    Smalltown, USA
    Welcome! You'll love it here :D

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