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  1. Xanderr

    Xanderr New Member

    Mar 15, 2009
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    Xanderr is me

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Xanderr, Mar 15, 2009.

    Okay, so basically I'm looking for some REAL reviews. I started out in fan fiction :rolleyes: about 4 years ago, but i've moved on and I have some ideas busting out of my mind. Recently I tried to translate my idea into fan fiction after years of not writing it - got no reviews and I felt pretty cut down :p So I'm here to try and get some advice. I want to know how to improve, why you hate it, why you love it.

    I really hope you guys can help a young one like myself figure this stuff out and just make friends if anything.
  2. Dalouise

    Dalouise Contributing Member

    Feb 9, 2009
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    Hi and welcome! :)
    You'll need to do some reviewing on here before you can post your own work, one of the mods will be a long in a while to explain it. ;)
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    We don't provide reviews as a site service. There is a Review Room, but it is an advanced workshop in which members learn how to effectively critique and how to judiciously apply suggestions, by critiquing each other's work. It requires that each member participate fully in the reviewing process, starting with writing constructive critiques of other members' work.

    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 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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