1. Rome

    Rome New Member

    Aug 17, 2010
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    So there was this guy named Rome...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rome, Aug 17, 2010.

    ... who wishes his name was really Rome.

    Hey everyone, I'm totally new to this site but not so new to writing. Well, to be honest I'm not sure where my writing ability stands at this point but whatever. I've been looking for a site like this for a long time and I'm pretty excited that I found one that I can access at work. Right now I'm taking a few introductory classes to writing over at the college. Fiction being my favorite.

    I really don't expect to be submitting content like crazy over the first few weeks. I'll just be stalking the threads. Waiting. Watching. Learning. I'm not too keen on reviewing other peoples work just because I don't feel I'm in the position myself to give any criticism. But after taking a look at some of the threads already I noticed that reviewing is a critical step in becoming a better writer. So I will need to tackle that issue sometime soon.

    Anyway! I look forward to reading your stuff, talking to you about a different writing styles, and hopefully brainstorming a story together. :O
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Like you said, reviewing/critiquing is crucial to become a better writer and this forum will help you tackle that. :) Also, welcome Rome (whose name isn't really Rome but wishes it was? :p).
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WF.
  5. Shinn

    Shinn Banned

    Jan 1, 2008
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    New Zealand
    G'day there and welcome :)
  6. Tessie

    Tessie Contributor Contributor

    Aug 8, 2010
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    Hello Rome and welcome!

    Hey, it sounds like you're really go to like it here, and I think you'll fit right in.


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