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    So, You Just Joined... What Next?

    Welcome! This thread is for New Members who have recently joined to ask questions, make comments and make acquaintances - with one another, members and staff. Some of the more outgoing among you will move directly to the regular forums and hop into our conversations and comments of posted work, and that is great - we encourage all to do so.

    However, some writers will rather ease into membership at a little slower pace. This thread is for both types, and for those who fall somewhere in between - for all. We have Mentors who volunteer their time to answer questions, and they will see the postings here, and will respond to questions when they are online, so response times will vary depending upon the time of day and other factors. You can always click on a Mentor's name above his/her avatar and ask your question in a PM (Private Message, of course), but some are reticent to do so.

    If you back up one screen, you will see a sticky entitled "Important: Writing Forum Guides" or you may access it with this link:

    It provides links to the forum rules and other handy info.

    Feel free to post questions or comments in this thread, whether general or specific in scope.
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    Great idea, musichal!

    For those of you who have just joined, I'd like to welcome you (actually, you should go introduce yourself so that I can welcome you) and assure you that ours is a great community to be a part of. As of this posting, I've been here roughly a month. I was nervous at first, as are many who join new communities, but I've found that getting around, seeing what the forum has to offer, and just participating has paid off. My writing is certainly improving!

    I think the most important thing to remember is that the fact that you're new doesn't make your input any less valid than that of someone who's been around for ages. We all need to see things from a different point of view from time to time, and as long as you're making a contribution, that's all that matters.

    So, please, feel free to join in! We can't wait to see what you have to share with us.
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    I'm a very popular member here. Everyone loves me.

    The trick to that is to write a load of drivel about talking cats, make up sock puppets to adore the drivel, insult everyone else's writing, send people nasty PMs tellng them you know where they live, and posting from the wi-fi at the coffeeshop when your IP adress gets banned.

    What's really cool is the fact that today I'm posting from prison. I'm serving three consecutive life sentences for hoarding cats, disturbing the peace, and littering.


    I just jumped right in. I PM'ed a couple folks, and some members of the staff PM'ed me to let me know I had made a couple minor mistakes. They were wonderful to me! I appreciated their very gentle, kind corrections. They're very, very helpful to new members.

    I really, really regret not finding this place while writing my book. With all the help here, I would have done a much better job.

    No one shreds your work here. Every critique and suggestion I've received are awesome, and I am so grateful for them. It's a wonderful thing to realize that they not only took the time to read my offerings...but took the time to post such very well-thought-out critiques. That is so special to me.

    No one judges you here. They all simply accepted me and my silly cat junk. When you read the critiques of your work, you feel like you're the most important member in this forum to them. That is what led me to donate, because they all make me feel so special. I hope I'm making all of you feel special and important too, because you all are special and important to me.

    I'm still a bit overwhelmed to be in the midst of so many talented folks. Sometimes when I read others' works, I think, "I wish I could write like that." Well, you know what? Maybe one day I can! I sure am getting a ton of help here, so the possibilities are endless.

    I was afraid I'd be hurt by comments or critiques, but I found out there's absolutely no hurt! Just gratitude, and yearning to be better. I got really brave and entered the LM contest for November, "Dream Thief." I don't have a snowball's chance in Hades of winning, but was so much fun to be challenged like that! I loved it!

    I'm looking forward to being here a long, long time until someone finds my obituary and explains my absence.

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    Can someone explain to me the new member restrictions thing? Is there a certain number of posts I have to make before I become a full member? How does that work exactly?

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    Hi, Little. Basically, to become a full fledged member you need to have ten valid posts anywhere except for the word games and procrastination central. This will give you access to the creative forums that are currently unavailable to you such as the Prose Writer's Workshop for example. You will also be able to post your own work in the protected prose and poetry forums as well as the public creative forums (right now you can only comment on others' works). You will also be able to choose your own avatar and signature.

    Again the key is to make ten valid posts. Make them count (and welcome)
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    Hi LT and welcome. The system is simple. You just need to make 10 posts anywhere around the forums (including the introductions forum) to gain full membership. Once you have done this, new forums will open up for you and you will be able to post samples of your own work for critique. You will also be able to choose your own avatar, add a signature to your posts and enter the prose and poetry workshops to post your own and read the work of other members.

    It's pretty simple to get your first ten - you'll notice that even your question, above, earned you a post count of one.

    The reason for the restriction is to prove that you are not a bot and that you are serious about becoming part of the community. The restriction won't prevent you from posting on the threads that are visible to you or from giving critiques on the open creative threads.

    So go and have fun, join in and get to know us. You will have your full membership in no time. If you need anymore help, you can either ask your question here or send me a pm.


    EDIT: Ooooops Double posted with mrmustard.

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    Okay, so totally new here. But I am NOT new to writing. I have written RP's for almost two years. (The two year anniversary is in two months). This makes me a senior in that particular area, but I've always wanted to write something all my own.
    Unfortunately, I have the slight problem with making my OCs a little too much like me. Any tips on making my characters more diverse will be greatly appreciated!
    ~~~~Boston (And yes, I do enjoy doing totally pointless things!)

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    Hi Boston and welcome!

    You can get all sorts of tips and advice if you take your question over to the Writing Discussions forum. Start a thread there with your question about characterization - I'm sure there will be lots of folk willing to help.

    Once you have made ten posts you will find more forums will open up for you and you will be able to post excerpts of your own work for critique. Meanwhile take a look around and add a comment or two whenever you find a thread that interests you. We are a friendly bunch and you'll feel at home in no time.

    Have fun!


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