PLEASE DO NOT REPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS "ABOUT" THREAD.
This is meant to be a guide post rather than a conversation thread. We want the information here to be available to everyone without scrolling.
We have a new introduce yourself thread here at Writers. It's called: Introduce Yourself Here (Questionnaire). It is a "sticky" topic and will always be visible below this instructional post.
The questionnaire offers prompts meant to elicit an overview of your basic health and writing goals. Over time, we hope it becomes an sort of writers' directory in which you'll be able to discover kindred writers.
We invite all of our members to fill out the questionnaire, regardless of any other introductory thread they may have posted in.
Our original introductions thread still exists, and you are welcome to use that if you prefer a more free-form approach. If it's not visible on the front page, check in the "see more topics" area. It's called "Original Free-Form Introductions" to help clear up any confusion.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
A) Once you are in the "Introduce Yourself Here (Questionnaire)" thread, copy and paste the complete text of a previous response (including the short paragraph of instructions at the top) into a REPLY to the thread.
If the instructions are missing, or someone got creative and strayed far from the basic format, you can find the original questionnaire, with instructions, in the first (bottom) post of the thread.
Change all the personal information to reflect YOUR goals and thoughts. Post. (As your situation changes, please feel free to update and edit your questionnaire.)
B) Read through the introduction questionnaires of others to learn about our writers. (Discover who's writing in your genre, or who is working at a similar pace or stage, etc.)
C) Visit the spark pages of writers who catch your interest and send a friend request or leave a greeting at their page. Just say you're a new member of Writers. (We'd prefer this direct approach, rather than general messages of welcome left within this thread. It will allow the directory to stay neat and browse-able.)
INTRODUCING YOUR PROJECT(S):
We also plan to use the introduction forum in a novel way. (Tee-hee.)
To introduce your project, create a new thread with the title and genre of your work. Tell us about the project. Perhaps include a short excerpt from the piece. Also, if the project is at a stage where feedback would be useful, let us know what kind of help you're looking for. Perhaps someone would be willing to exchange projects for editing, or read and give impressions as a beta reader. Or, maybe, you need to ask a few questions of a veterinarian, (or a small town cop, or a mortuary professional.) Maybe someone here can hook you up with the source you need.
EDIT: I've started a project intro thread as a demonstration. Here's the break-down on EXACTLY how to do it:
1) Click on the linked heading, "Introduce Yourself to Team Forum"
2) I Click the "Create A New Topic" button
3) Name the topic like this: Meet my (type of writing) : (title of piece) (genre) Another example might look like Meet my non-fiction book: How to Eat More Vegetables (self help / diet)
4) Share an excerpt, a description, a link, and/or any requests you might have concerning the project.
5) Over time, come back to update us on where the project is, and how we might be able to help the project grow. Leave a comment to the thread if you have a need for more specific information or feedback. (That way, anyone who checks the box labelled "I want an email to be sent to me when anyone replies to this topic" will know something has changed.)
For more ways to get involved at Writers, please see the "About ..." threads in each forum section, or check out an overview of your options in the "WRITERS TEAM ORIENTATION " thread, which can be found in the General Team Discussion Forum.
(NOTE: Our message board underwent a restructuring in March, 2014. If an older thread appears where it doesn't seem to belong, please understand that there may not have been a better place for it when it was posted. If you started a thread that now seems to be out of place, please feel free to move the text to another forum.)
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