1. star_fire

    star_fire New Member

    Sep 23, 2008
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    ohio, usa

    ~ Vandë omentaina! (Elfish for well met!) ~

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by star_fire, Sep 23, 2008.

    my name is samantha and i am a high school student (16). i have been writing and reading for as long as i can remember, but have been doing more so since i was introduced to roleplaying this year. i joined to have my work read my others from around the world...preferably adults....for critiquing. i'm also excited to be able to read other people's work. my favorite writing genres are fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, and i love lord of the rings. :D
  2. Anthony James Barnett

    Anthony James Barnett New Member

    Nov 8, 2007
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    Hi Samantha, salutations. May your stay be long and fruitful.

  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    I'd never have guessed you were a LotR fan. ;)

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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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