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Noticing Newbies: March 22, 2023 Issue [#11855]

 This week: How To ....
  Edited by: Jace
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

Hi, I'm Jace .

Welcome to this issue of the Noticing Newbies newsletter. Join me as I take you into some nooks and crannies of Writing.Com that you may not have found time to check out yet.

Don't forget to toss me a note about what you liked or didn't like in my column, or about a topic you'd like to see discussed. This newsletter is about and for you. And for you seasoned members, I hope you'll find something you can take from my ramblings. *Smile*

Your Noticing Newbies Newsletter full-time Editors:

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Letter from the editor

One of the best features (IMHO) about Writing.Com with respect to the field of writing is the collective trust of How To articles written by the many thousands of members.

Sure, you can go out and buy books on the various topics of writing. I've done just that--I must have more than 50 books about writing, many depending on what aspect of writing I was interested in at the time of purchase. And yes, I still use them ... occasionally.

But if I'm on WDC, whether writing a newsletter or a story, or browsing through one of the many Help forums, I can easily use the Search feature for a How To item that will answer a particular question that popped up. Many of these articles are saved in my Favorites. I even have a separate folder for such articles that I frequently use. I thought I might highlight some that I find of particular interest. (A note: not all are used or updated on a daily basis.)

Do you like to review? Here are a few items and forums related to reviewing.
 Template Talk  (ASR)
A forum for the discussion of Review Tool Templates.
#1093167 by Writing.Com Support

Public Review: Tool or Weapon  (E)
What I believe a public review should and shouldn't contain.
#652017 by Vivian

 How Should I Rate Items on Writing.Com?  (E)
Wondering how to approach the rating system on Writing.Com?
#544855 by The StoryMistress

Some general writing grammar and tips:
 What's that Sound? ~ Onomatopoeia  (E)
Some sound words!
#1026715 by Legerdemain

Grammarama  (13+)
A library featuring commonly committed errors of the English language.
#890221 by Davy Krakangaroo

MechGrammical  (13+)
A forum for your questions (and answers) about writing mechanics and grammar.
#2160953 by Satuawany

Some of the specialized WDC features:
Examples of Complex Dropcaps  (E)
Examples of Complex Dropcaps
#2088818 by Writing.Com Support

Linking Help And Practice  (E)
A place to come and learn the links Writing.Com uses, specifically Bitem
#1594589 by 🦄🏳️‍🌈Sapph

Edit Points Explained  (E)
Details about the WDC Edit Points feature and the benefits for writers and reviewers
#1498347 by Charity Marie <3 Eyestar

WDC Pro-Tips   (E)
Big Book of WDC Pro-Tips.
#2278979 by Shadow Prowler

The Ins and Outs of In & Outs  (E)
A guide to the different styles of In & Outs on Writing.Com.
#911628 by Davy Krakangaroo

And finally, just references in general:
Tilly's Reference Library  (E)
a collection of WDC and external resources
#2150970 by Tileira

Writing.Com 101  (E)
Explanations and instructions of all things Writing.Com.
#101 by The StoryMistress

No matter what topic you seek, there's probably a "How To" article in the vast library that WDC has to offer. Start with the How To/Article link under Browse By Genre in the Navigation menu. Then fine-tune your search using the Search box.

You might also check out Essays (Browse By Type --> Static Items --> Essays) for information of selected topics.

Remember that many of these articles/essays are the personal opinion of the writer. Hopefully you can find some nugget of wisdom to help you on your writing journey.

Good hunting.

Editor's Picks

Check out this forum designed to assist Newbies.
Noticing Newbies  (13+)
A warm welcome to our newbies; come meet new and not-so-new members of Writing.Com!
#126963 by The StoryMistress

Then drop in on these Newbies. Take a moment to review this offering ... or something else in their Port. Welcome them to WDC through a scribble in their Notebook.

Patience  (E)
What 4 years of waiting has taught me...
#2292426 by YourHonestFriend

 Escapist  (13+)
The shadowed self.
#2292546 by Howard.Kelle

 Trans-consciousness bus tours  (13+)
A tourist goes on a mind bending bus tour that goes honorably wrong
#2292602 by Show Show

 Change  (E)
Moving, realizing who is there for you and not. Struggling with the feeling of regret.
#2292490 by Kaylen

 Walls  (E)
A poem about walls
#2292520 by TheWriterEternal

 Na'amah: Noah's Wife  (E)
A look at Noah of the Bible's wife, Na'amah.
#2292564 by Barbara Swihart Miller

 The Physical Body and One's True Essence  (E)
Exploring an alternative way to relate to our physicality and conceive of true self.
#2291759 by Mark Mywords

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Ask & Answer

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From the Mailbag:

From Ghelatlishol : Thank you for this great encouragement. I used to write a lot in high school but didn't keep at it. Now, years later, the bug has bit me and I really want to write, no matter what comes of it. I'll definitely make the most of this site as I can. Thanks again!

         Best of luck on your writing journey.

From Sunny : Thank you for your mention as a full time editor for the Newbie Newsletter *Heart* I love your newsletters!

         You're welcome. And thank you for your newsletters.

From the Newsfeed:

From Adherennium Foolish Fellow : I'd like to be the shy retiring type, much rejected by everyone.

[Adhere-San, I suspect you mean 'respected.' It is a good job your new spectacles will be ready next week.]


From Dragonfly : One that learns from the vast knowledge that is shared in the wonderful site.
One that gives freely of any and all ideas that I might possibly have to help others in their pursuit of writing.
One that is encourages others to write write and write some more.
One that joins in on all the great postings, contests, and writing ideas.

From oldgreywolf scribbles : I write for therapy, not recognition. WdC isn't needed for that. WdC assists in humanization. To which I add, "Thank you."

From Tina Lina Ruby Ray : Really great poets and writers we can learn from.

         So true ... to all of you.

From ~Lifelessons~ : One that is always learning and contributing knowledge. I am not on a time frame to become the greatest writer ever..lol So being here and reading, writing and sharing with this wonderful site leaves no room for apprehension. Every day you come on hear and hit the new feed and see what's new and see what interests are there for your muse. It really is a beautiful things.

         Indeed it is.

From Steven (PLEASE BUY MY BOOKS!) : I originally joined WdC to get critiques because I was being rejected by publishers a lot. I didn't get too many, but hung around anyway.

I like to think I am in the "paying it forward" phase of helping other writers here. Despite getting very few critiques in my 12 years here, I still feel I have something to offer other writers, especially having a lot of traditional publishing experience. It does seem not many agree that I have something to offer, but there you go.

         Sad you're not getting the reviews you desire, but thankful you're still here to help others.

From jdennis : I want to give counsel yet not be verbose. I hope to be wise yet not be a wisea _ _. My aim is to be Involved yet not consuming, happy without giggling and, I hope, helpful without imposing. I strive to be a disciple who will not preach. Someone who will sit back, enjoy, and revel in other’s successes, but never steal their moment. In other words, I want to be me. The real me, not the me others impose upon me.

From Jay O'Toole : I would like to be consistently growing as a writer, helping others to do the same. 😃

         Good luck to both of you in your endeavors.

From Omnivore : I want to be the fortune cookie WDC member. I might be thought provoking and possibly insightfu. While the fact of the matter is no one likes my stale flavor and the fortunes I give are all too often blank.

From Moonstone : I want to be someone who is trusted to give you replies, but also writes great stories! I want to be a trusted ally for many of you, and not rely much on GPs and on pure talent and work!

From louisa : I want to be the kind of member who gives replies when need to, review different writing pieces, and participates in different things when I can, but basically, I want to learn from some of our best writers so I can be a better writer.

From elephantsealer : I want to be a writing member, a review member, a long-time member so that I can fill my mind with all sorts of Writing.Com...

         I'm sure your participation will help make WDC the best ever.

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