Advice for newbies on how to get more out of WDC!
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!
Here's a great place to start:
Another way to get involved in the community is by checking the newsfeed for
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 ScaryMaster 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!"
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
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!
There are other challenges throughout the site:
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.
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!
Official WDC Help:
WritingML Help (HTML Coding for use throughout the site}
AND even more ways to earn MBs
And after all that excitement, here are some places to just relax and chat:
So once again, welcome to Writing.com. If you have any further questions, feel free to email me, Word Warrior beating cancer!! anytime!