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Advice for newbies on how to get more out of WDC!
Clip art to welcome newbies

Greetings Newbies! Welcome to Writing.Com!

As a former newbie myself, just 6 months in, I know how intimidating such a huge site can be. So many things to do and see - where should you begin??

There are so many listings out there on the site, but you need something that is at-a-glance, and one that will have updates often. This, my friend, is just what you need!



The Newbies Academy Group  (E)
Need assistance and guidance. Stop on by!
#1949660 by ~ Sisco ~

Newbies Academy Registration - OPEN  (13+)
The registration roost is OPEN!
#1949861 by ~ Sisco ~

Newbies Academy Group - Testimonials  (E)
Share your opinion about the Newbies Academy.
#1661124 by ~ Sisco ~



Here's a great place to start:

Contest Central Station  (E)
Looking for contests to enter? We list them by genre and type. Find your next destination.
#1797031 by Jim Hall says Happy New Year!

Newbies ONLY Short Story & Poem Contest  (13+)
OPEN for September submissions.
#1873271 by ~ Sisco ~

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Another way to get involved in the community is by checking the newsfeed for
Weekend Challenges!

You'll find them on your Newsfeed - or the little globe-like symbol at the top of your screen. The first thing you will notice is the similarity to popular social media sites - if you can Facebook, you can Newsfeed. Update your status, post new or edited items, comment on and like others' posts, get advice, share photos, videos and more.

You'll also find important events, contest winners announced, and special updates by our very own The StoryMaster and The StoryMistress , who are so very kind and helpful. They are also very excited to see new members on the newsfeed, so be sure to say "hello!" *Smile*

But most importantly, have fun!

Just because we're writers doesn't mean we are boring. Start a conversation and see where it takes you - you might just make a few friends, as our members are warm and friendly!

Here is a way to show your friendly side! http://link:http://www.writing.com/main/tools/action/emoticons *Smile*


I love a challenge! The thrill of running around the site posting notes in members'notebooks, reviewing specific genres of writing, and any other instructions the challenge leader has come up with - all within a short deadline...it's so exhillerating! *Bigsmile*

There are other challenges throughout the site:

Give It 100!  (13+)
Write daily on Writing.Com for 100 days and earn an exclusive merit badge! Start today!
#1974137 by ruwth

Daily Flash Fiction Challenge  (13+)
Enter your story of 300 words or less.
#896794 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

a very Wodehouse challenge  (E)
A blind set of challenges hosted by Writing.com groups/members. Come test your fortitude!
#1280691 by iKïyå§ama

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best POEM or STORY in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by Sophy v.2021

The Challenge  (13+)
Earn whatever Merit Badge you want!
#1970121 by Shaye

The purpose of these challenges are much like a scavenger hunt. They require you to do all sorts of activities, reviews, visit members' notebooks , and much more. Thus, you get more involved in the community, learn your way around, and make new friends, all while having fun and earning Merit Badges.

*Burstr* One piece of advice, use your Notepad to save the links to your challenge items. Its a real lifesaver - I use mine for everything. Once you're done, just copy and paste your links into the challenge forum, and thats it! Before you know it, you'll be on your way to earning your first Merit Badge and/or winning your very first Awardicon! *Smile*


Writing Help:





Official WDC Help:

Welcome to Writing.Com!  (E)
Welcome for new members who have just signed up to Writing.Com
#1694138 by The StoryMistress

Getting Started @ Writing.Com!  (ASR)
A beginner's tour through Writing.Com...
#168932 by The StoryMistress

Noticing Newbies  (13+)
A warm welcome to our newbies; come meet new and not-so-new members of Writing.Com!
#126963 by The StoryMistress

Writing.Com General Discussion  (13+)
A message forum for general discussion. Please come and chat with others!
#100931 by Writing.Com Support

Writing.Com 101  (E)
Explanations and instructions of all things Writing.Com.
#101 by The StoryMistress

Non-Technical Support Forum  (13+)
Members help other members with non-technical questions and problems using Writing.Com!
#710633 by Writing.Com Support

Technical Support Forum  (13+)
Members help other members with technical questions and problems using Writing.Com!
#303715 by Writing.Com Support

WritingML Help (HTML Coding for use throughout the site}



AND even more ways to earn MBs

Newbie Merit Badge Project  (E)
Newbies: Want to earn some merit badges?
#2031489 by Cinn

Merit Badge Projects  (13+)
What if you got a chance to work towards gaining a Merit Badge that you might not have?
#1978212 by Andy~2021 has to be better

How to earn a merit badge  (E)
Do you want to earn a particular merit badge? It might be simpler than you thought...
#2028217 by Elle

And after all that excitement, here are some places to just relax and chat:

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So once again, welcome to Writing.com. If you have any further questions, feel free to email me, Word Warrior beating cancer!! anytime! *Hug1**Heart**Hug2*
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