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Posted Two new poems and just got a poem published!
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Congratulations, sir! That’s so awesome!
Happy anniversary 🎉
Wrote something new for my MFA course, and I wanted to share it to see what you all think.
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Do you have a link?
Can you block people on this site?
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From My Account, go to Account Settings. Then under Additional Account Settings you will see Block / Ignore Members. You need their username (the name you see when you mouse over their handle).

I'm sorry about whatever happened. I hope this helps. *Hug1**Cry**Hug2*
Are there in contest on this platform for Pride month, as it's about to end?

I’m just seeing this comment today, sorry. I’d like to introduce you to Rhymer Reisen . He’s got several things geared for the LGBT+ community and their supporters.
Question: Do you consider this website as publishing?

I want to submit some of my works to contests this year.

Are there any script writing contest on here? If not do we know any websites?
I have a number of pieces. If I create a book of short stories what genre do you think I should focus on?
What genres do you feel the strongest?
It honestly depends. I love horror, but I love romance also. It's always kinda hard blending the two.
How do you raise your community recognition?
Thank you.
Reviewing every month, entering and winning awards on competitions,

If you go into My Account on the left of your port, check achievements and it will list what you have to do.

Getting involved, donations to groups.
Can someone point me in the direction of a love/romance contest that is active? I've been writing a a lot of horror lately, and I want to write a little romance, but want a good prompt get my creative juices flowing.

Hi Victor L. Rolling Jr.


The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
#981150 by StephBee & Warm Apple Pie

This month's prompt is:

Romance by the Shore:

PROMPT: Romantic, sizzling hot romance by the Shore! (It can be -- river, lakeside, waterfalls, ocean, or sea cliffs) YOU choose which wet and romantic backdrop suits your characters!
Give "Contest Central Station a look. Contests are broken down by genre. Whilst some aren't active, you should be able to find some that are.
A E, thank you for that.
Just got a review that kinda hurt my ego. Can someone read a piece and tell me the proper use of commas?

Kindest Vick
Victor L. Rolling Jr. --

Hello again.

Some resources:

A respected online teaching resource:

Free versions of online grammar checkers, such as Grammarly, can also help with punctuation issues, or serve as the first "other set of eyes."

For having a reference book at hand -- Strunk & White's Elements of Style covers limited basic information for everyday use, but it isn't enough to meet the needs of a writer. There are more exhaustive/expensive style guides, but this book covers enough to be a good choice for creative writers.

ASIN: 0028621573
Amazon's Price: $ 6.09
Here's another one that has some good grammar and punctuation explanations.

Amazon's Price: $ 1.99
I just ordered the Premium Grammarly. This was the best thing I could have done.
Guess I gotta start looking at my content setting 🤪. IJS third item just got updated.
Haven't been writing for a while, just wrote two new pieces, and I would love some help with choosing another contest.
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If you are interested, I host contests every month on "The Contest Challenge. The idea is to join my challenge for a year, but a lot of folks don't make it that long. lol However, I do allow catching up if you fall behind, but want to get going again. *Wink*

You just enter a contest I highlight each month, then to go my forum and post proof that you entered with {post:XXXXXX}. Easy peasy.

I often shower my participants with gifts like raffle tickets, gps, MBs, whatever strikes my fancy. But those are just random gifts, not to be counted on. At the end of your year, you get 2 exclusive MBs.

Check it out. Last month I had 22 participants, so it's pretty popular. *Bigsmile*

The Contest Challenge  (13+)
Join by entering a contest a month for 12 months--Win Badges! Catching up is allowed!
#2109126 by Schnujo

Good luck with your contest entries, whether it's through my challenge or not! *Heart*
So, I submitted four pieces of poetry for an anthology. They are currently under review, and I am freaking out. What are some things you've done if are rejected. What did you do when you got your first published piece?
If you are rejected, just keep trying. Sometimes it has nothing to do with the quality of the work. It just may not match what they are looking for in that particular edition. If you do get published, then celebrate. *Bigsmile*

Good luck!
Thank you. Will do. They were submitted back in November, so its been a long time coming. I AM READY TO CELEBRATE. Lol
Question? Should all stories be written in past tense? I am staring to realize that I have an issue keeping the past tense flowing when I am writing. I want the reader to feel like they are apart of the action. I was told stories should be told in past tense.

What's your take?
Statistically tense is a reader preference that skews based on age. Younger readers tend to like present tense. Older readers tend to prefer past tense. In current publishing, past tense is still in the majority.

"Making the reader feel like part of the action" isn't determined by tense so much as POV and how well the prose follows POV rules. Present tense can actually be an obstacle to achieving reader submersion.

If there isn't a compelling reason to use present tense, past tense is the most effective choice.
Northernwrites: Thank you so much for going through that with me. Knowledge is power.
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