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Noticing Newbies: February 03, 2016 Issue [#7456]

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Noticing Newbies

 This week: Getting to Know Writing.Com
  Edited by: Jace
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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*

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Letter from the editor

Getting to Know Writing.Com

This issue is a take off from an article by Eric Vance Walton I read recently on AuthorsPublish.com entitled "10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Beginning Writer." Walton raises some good points. Then I remembered my first few months on Writing.Com thinking how nice it would have been to have someone guide me through the intricacies of this site.

1. Learn the fundamentals of WDC. Learning to navigate this site can be daunting. There are a lot of features here for both free and paid members. You can rely on the good graces of seasoned members to help you. Or, you can strike out on your own at first, poking into the various nooks and crannies each time you log on. Check out the "Get Started With Your Account link initially to set up your Portfolio. You may have been here for several weeks or months by the time you read this. Still, this section may how you something you hadn't considered. Take a few minutes and check out a different resource . I've always found trial and error to be my best way to learn. On the other hand, we have lots of forums ("Writing.Com 101, "Non-Technical Support Forum, "Writing.Com General Discussion) to provide assistance to those who like more personal guidance. My point: learn how to navigate the site.

2. Use all feedback. You desire feedback on your work. Any review you receive is just one person's opinion of your work at that point in time. You can use as much or as little of the feedback as you wish. Most reviews are given with the intent of being constructive and helpful. You should return the same. In rare cases, some folks abuse the system (just to get gift points or to rack up review numbers). Report such reviews as needed. Giving and receiving constructive feedback is essential to becoming better writers. Start doing this early and you'll reap enormous benefits.

3. Diversify. You probably joined WDC to focus on writing in a certain genre. Nothing wrong with that. But don't discount the overall growth you may achieve by checking out alternative genres, styles and writing forms. I joined as a writer of romance and erotica. Through my interaction with other members, I've since written stories in more than a dozen other genres and have written more than 60 poems Each time I branched out, I deepened my passion for writing. In addition, I gained more friends and a wealth of knowledge about writing in general.

4. Overcome your shyness. Perhaps you are like I was--an introvert by nature. Writing is such a personal journey. If you're serious about writing, you need to be ready to talk about your passion with anyone and everyone. Network with other writers, share your thoughts on the subject and absorb any knowledge and wisdom you can get from them. Take what you can and make it your own. You are not only your worst critic, but also your best advocate.

Writing.Com is a tool to help you become a better writer. Use it , and succeed. Write on!

Editor's Picks

Check out these Newbies. Take a moment to review something in their Port ... or just say hi.
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Nothing says Christmas like a bit of crime.
#2071350 by AshleyMaeBigs

 Sight  (E)
A poem of mine. Requesting reviews.
#2073769 by Atiqa Akbar

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#2073716 by Not Available.

 Ruins  (E)
The mental process of packing up from a past relationship
#2073664 by -MD

 SHE  (E)
Heaven? Goddess?
#2073526 by Nish

 Bad Boys Games   (E)
bad boys ain't no good and good boys ain't no fun
#2073408 by PrettyKitty

 Scattered Dreams  (E)
A woman who feels like she has lost everything receives some hope.
#2073352 by Alyssa Karasek

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