1. WilyC

    WilyC New Member

    Jun 22, 2009
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WilyC, Jun 23, 2009.

    Hello gang,

    I'd like to introduce myself here. I've been to forums before, but never for this hobby of mine. I do enjoy creative writing, enough to take college courses on it, but I'm a master of no great work. I usually write short stories on settings or dialogues that spontaneously come to mind. I would like to eventually write the great american novel (forgive the cliche), but my plots have a hard time breaking the short story barrier. Additionally, I'm not an A student when it comes to English so I find it hard to critique other writings on things like punctuation, grammar, etc because I often make the same mistakes, so bear with me. While perusing the site, I have seen some very expert critiques of stuff that looked fine to me so go easy on me ;)

    I look forward to getting to know you all.

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Shouldn't that be Wile E. Coyote?

    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.

    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!

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