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We encourage our members to showcase their talent by providing the necessary tools and support. Each member is supplied with a free online portfolio in which to store literary items. Adding items to portfolios is made simple through the use of online creation utilities. Authors are also provided with an easy-to-remember public portfolio URL, which can be handed out to family, friends and publishers!
Each Writing.Com author contributes a great deal in his or her own way by enticing visitors with creative tales or by adding ideas into another member's interactive story. We strive to recognize and promote individuals who have positive interaction within the community and active portfolios filled with his or her own writing, these persons becoming Preferred Authors and Moderators. If you have a question or need a helping hand, these members are a great place to start!
Writers of all skill levels are able to find their own style and to get a feel for how readers truly react to it. With the Writing.Com rating and review system, authors no longer have to rely on friends and family alone for encouragement and criticism. After reading an item, registered members have the ability to rate and review any rateable item; thereby, giving the author a completely unbiased opinion. If a writer would like to simply showcase an item without receiving feedback, there is also that option.
The constant exposure to opinion and constructive criticism can increase the quality of an author's writing on a daily basis. Authors will also find that reading and reviewing other members' items may further their own writing with new ideas, writing styles and topics. The flow of creative ideas within the community is both beneficial and inspiring!
Tens of thousands of authors are from countries across the globe in which English is not their primary language. Many use Writing.Com as a tool to help fine-tune their English language skills. Honest and encouraging feedback is the norm here, and helps those authors cultivate both their syntax and their confidence in another language.
Writing.Com also provides many advertising and exposure opportunities for authors within the site itself using genres, item listings and the Sponsored Item section (see: "BidClick System: Sponsored Items, Links & Genres" ).