This week: The Tour ContinuesEdited 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.
For our newest members, you can read the first part of this tour by clicking on the following. "Noticing Newbies Newsletter (February 8, 2017)"
"Hi, Everyone! We are back with our tour! Please, everyone, take your places. As you will recall we had just entered my portfolio that we shorten down to port here on WDC. As you click on the lock that says portfolio on the left hand your controller screen, you will see a link that says create an item. Clicking on this will open up a new page where you will see all the different types of items you can create. You will see that they are divided up by categories of which membership level you have. The first level of items are from your free account. Today we will tour a few of them."
Static Item: This is where you put most of everything, short stories, works in progress, poems, articles, or even chapters if you wish to use one of your ten items for a chapter.
Campfire Creative: Campfires are interactives of sorts. It is where you and several other people can write a story or series of poems together. Pretty much anything you might want to put together as a group you can.
Product Reviews: This is something we will go into with more detail later. It is a bit complicated but essentially you write a product review or a product you can find on Amazon.com, post it in your port, add the ASIN code from Amazon and you have done a product review.
In and Outs: These like campfires can be used or pretty much anything. You can find an example when you go to your left-hand panel on your controller and click on the community link. It will open up to a bar that says the Hub, Activities, and Contests at the top. Activities and Contests are both In and Outs. You can list an activity or contest you are running and it will go in at the top and move down the list with each new entry until it is no longer on the list.
Madlibs: It's exactly what it says it is. If you ever bought a mad lib storybook as a kid then you know this is where you can do one of your own.
User Poles: Want to answer the questions of the universe using crowd sourcing? Then the poles are for you.
Crossword puzzles: Again, you should know what these are. Want to make your own? Then here you go.
Quiz: Again what is it is is obvious. What we use them for, not always so direct. We have writing classes from different groups that sometimes use these for tests as well as people who just like to answer questions and see if people know the answer.
"Well, what do you know we did have time to get through all the free membership items. Next month I will explain the basic and upgraded items. Until then remember if you need a question answered you can ask any of us who have blue, purple, or red ports as well as use the links at the very top of the page next to the log out button on the right hand side of the page.
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Comments from last month's newsletter.
eyestar~hiatus offline said:
Wow! This is a wonderful way to lead a tour! Nothing like step by step and begin at the beginning. Thanks for being so real!
Writers always need to feel in a wide free space which lets them express their feelings live.Such space is a start up to their inspiration and constitutes a basic plate form of writing art.
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