1. Opheilia

    Opheilia New Member

    Dec 4, 2008
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    Wales - land of song and rugby (and sheep!)

    Well hello....

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Opheilia, Dec 4, 2008.

    Hi, im opheilia.

    I live in the Uk. New at this. So please be gentle.

    Ive been writing short stories for ages - from as long as I could hold a pen. I find it cathartic, esp in a life so full of chaos.

    I have Never. Ever. Let anybody read my stories. As I am prob a tad nervous about it. Its amazing how much confidence one high school teacher can knock out of you!

    However, was talking to a friend, who recommended a forum to post them on and thought "what the heck"

    I write for myself, so not really worried about technical Critism. Just thought it would be good to take the plunge, and get whats in my head out into the Wonder Web - so to speak.

    be gentle...

    Opheilia (Eilia for short)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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!
  3. ChimmyBear

    ChimmyBear Contributor Contributor

    Apr 30, 2008
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    In the arms of the man I love at home in NC.
    Welcome Eilia...hope you enjoy your time here on the forums. :)
  4. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Supporter Contributor

    May 1, 2008
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    Puerto Rico
    Welcome, welcome! Come and chat with us at Raven's Tavern and be sure to do some reviews! :D
  5. garmar69

    garmar69 Contributor Contributor

    Jul 25, 2008
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    Welcome to the forums Opheilia.

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