|Noticing Newbies: July 27, 2016 Issue [#7765]|
This week: Have You Found Your Home Yet? Edited by: ember_rain
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As a dyslexic writer, I understand how scary it can be to put yourself out there for others to read your work. But, it is something every writer needs to do. Whether you're submitting to a publisher or posting here for the WDC world to see, you have to get over it eventually or die forever in obscurity with your children wondering why Momma/Daddy never did anything with their work.
The purpose of my newsletter is to entertain a bit if I can, but it is also to help you look at writing ideas as a new member you might not have thought of. To address issues every writer faces at some point in time so you know you're not alone. On occasion, I will throw in a WDC technical issue on how to find your way around here or the ML. What I won't do is give you something that bores me. Yes, I know there will be spelling mistakes. I won't use every their, there or they're correctly. I may spell collage when I mean college. But, what you will get are real answers to problems I have conquered and some I'm still struggling just like some of you.
My one and only goal is to help our new members feel like the belong because you do. Different ideas are welcome. Different styles are welcome and yes even if you have in the past spelled cat K A T out loud and thought you were right or struggle to let characters lead and the plot follow, you have a place here on WDC. None of us are perfect. We all struggle and we are all here to help each other in that struggle.
Friends have jokingly suggested that I drank the WDC kool-aide. I will happily agree. I did and I am so glad I did. Here is to all of our new members finding their writing home with us as well.
Quick note: I lost my editor, He's moved three hours away and has very little internet access, all for the love of a girl. So please bear (or is it bare) with me there will be mistakes. I'm doing the best I can. Lucky for us all Firefox now offers a Grammarly app and it works here on WDC
At the heart of any great website is our ability to connect with others. For some of us, me as an example, we are virtual shut-in's who communicate with others mainly through our internet connections. I live in the middle of nowhere. It might help to say that Pokemon Go is a no-go in this house cause even GPS can't find us. So, I am highly dependent on the friends I have made here on WDC. Most of them I met by joining groups and talking on the forums they set up for such things. One of the problems I have had over the years, however, is finding said groups. It's understandable. We use groups for everything from review groups, writing groups, and fundraising groups. I have one group I started that was just for my NANOWRIMO write-a-thon team. I should delete it. I will be in on a different team this coming November but then again, I can always change the name for my new team.
So, where is one to start when wading in? I'm going to give a few suggestions. Some of these groups I am a member of some I am not. What they all have in common is they are excellent places to start.
This is an excellent group if you want to review. We do encourage writing and run writing contests occasionally but the main purpose is to review. If you are seeking reviews you need to give reviews and here you can do both.
Needing help not feeling so much like a newbie? The Newbie Academy is the perfect place to start.
I am a former member of this group and the people here are wonderful. I didn't have the time to dedicate to their good works the way aI wanted to but, you can be sure the angel army is always good for writing competitions, reviewing, and other activities around WDC
The Paper Doll Gang is another great group for reviewing. They also have, if memory serves me correctly, a school to help with basic writing skills. Don't hold me to that, though. I have essentially been gone for nearly a year now and I don't know for sure what anyone still does. I was never a member of this group so it was all through conversation that I knew about the classes, to begin with.
Like to blog? Then this newsletter is for you. There was at one point a blogging competition but I'm not sure if it is still happening.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. You can find more by going to your left-hand column and under browse by type selecting groups.
Good luck finding your home here. It might take a bit of time but it is well worth the effort.
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