This week: Hello - I'm HereEdited by: Kate ~ Retooling
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Greetings to the newly arrived and to those of us who have been around long enough to keep finding new things to do and people to meet daily ~
The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper,
he is in a sense writing for publication.
Our WDC Community welcomes daily 'Newbies' who arrive, each with a unique voice, eager to add that voice to the symphonic chorus that is Writing.Com. To all the 'Newbies' and 'Not So Newbies' ~ I'm honored to be your guest host this week for your WDC Noticing Newbies Newsletter.
Greetings, fellow writers!
Welcome to our Eclectic Community of Creative Persons (Writing.Com)
The welcoming committee greets each of us with a portfolio ready to personalize; and our fellow writers are doing likewise, inviting us to read and comment on their verse and prose and articles just as they look to read our work. We're a versatile, eclectic, creative bunch and we look forward to each new voice that arrives with a solo to add to our lyric cacophony .
So, you begin to fill your portfolio with words, in prose, verse, an article. Then you want to share the words ..
Now, to have an item in your portfolio listed in random reads or searches by genre or type, identify it in the setup.Rate the title and content and select up to three genres so members searching for reads in a specific genre or age range will come across your title and, intrigued by the tag line, will open, read, and often comment with a review. Writing.Com 101 at the top of your screen is a splendid resource for setting up your portfolio,
Remember to select 'Save and View' one final time to check your work. Here you will find a spellchecker which will highlight (and offer suggestions for) possible spelling gaffes. Of course, just as in Word and OpenOffice, you are the final arbiter. It helps to run the spellchecker here in case an upload added miscellaneous letter/number combinations. Offering a clean copy will make it easier for your readers to focus on the plot and voice of your story, the essence of your verse, or the intent and tone of your article, and offer in return their comments and thoughts.
Now, you've got something in your portfolio, and you'd like to have someone read it. Consider introducing yourself to fellow newcomers as well as members who've been around awhile. Let fellow members know a little bit about you. Don't be shy - jump in there now if you like and see how active and welcoming the interchange - say hello if you will before stopping back here ~ go on, check it out ~ then come on back.
Glad you found your way back here ~ I know you had a great welcome from our Committee members and fellow Newbies . Now, if you'd like to request reviews for a specific item in your portfolio, I suggest posting your item to a reviewing forum; this one offers space for a brief comment. Remember to return the review by reading someone else's work in the forum and offering your comments. Go on, check it out, add the link to your 'favorites' by clicking on the + at the top right corner of the item screen, then come on back here.
One 'Hello-I'm Here' thing that's often overlooked is your Bio. You will see a tab "Biography" at the top row of your portfolio. Here's a place you can share some information about you, as much or little as you choose, in response to some Q&A. I often look for a Bio for an writer I'm reading for the first time before I write my review of a story or poem. It gives me perspective on the writer, be it age, experience, attitude, which is helpful to me when crafting a review and choosing items to read. Go ahead, hit the dropdown and have fun with it.
Until we next meet,
Kate ~ Retooling
Now I suggest you check out the following versatile reads (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, edition) I found in some newer portfolios. Welcome them in true WDC camaraderie ~ a review perchance. Then, add your Bio to welcome them when they come to pay you a return visit
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Thank you for sharing this exploration with me, and I hope you took the side trips and had some fun. If you haven't, go back and check it out when you have a minute - you'll enjoy the journey .
Until the next time,
Kate ~ Retooling
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