of the purpose of this ezine is to draw people to the Forward Motion
Writers' Community -- but once you go there, it probably looks very
intimidating. I thought I
would take this issue to try and explain some of the sections, and what
you can find at the site. Here
is a brief into to the site from Holly:
writers, the community is here to help you:
far you pursue these goals is entirely up to you. We have members who
have no intention of selling their work, but who want to write better --
and we have people who want to make a living writing. As long as you
want to make your work better and are willing to work to do so, you'll
find plenty of support here.
here is some of the material that you will find at the site!
the top of the pages there is a list of links:
| Moderators | Chat | Newsletter | Mailing List | Join the community
-- You can reach the community through http://hollylisle.com/community/
, which is also the gateway to the readers' community.
This page also points to information about Holly.
There are lots of links here to sample, and you may want to try a
few before you join, especially the ones that deal with the rules of the
site. There are dozens of
helpful writing articles, a free download of Holly's Mugging the Muse, and
considerable information on the community and how it works.
For writers who aren't interested in interacting with others -- or
who are not yet ready for it -- this area will provide you with more than
enough helpful information.
-- These are the people who help Holly run the site, and who are there to
answer whatever questions we can. You
can read bios -- and in some cases look at some of the Moderator's own
-- What would any site be without chat?
Ours is often busy, and while we don't always talk about writing,
we are there to share frustrations and victories, or to answer what
questions we can.
-- Holly often sends out notices of things going on at the site.
This will pop up a mail window for you to subscribe.
Don't be nervous about signing up -- Holly hates spam at least as
much as the rest of us, and you won't get anything but the newsletter if
list -- Here people discuss Holly's work through email. A great group, who are often quiet for long periods of time,
and then suddenly get very silly
the Community -- If you would like to interact with other
writers facing the same goals and frustrations as you do, then you should
really join the Forward Motion Writers' Community.
Joining is free and gains you access to almost all the boards.
(There is at least one private board for Moderators only.)
To sign up, go to this link: http://network54.com/Hide/Group/3188
you have become a member, there are a lot more boards for you to visit.
Some of them are open to all the public, but the work-related ones
are all private. Only members
can access those, which means material posted there for critiques is not
considered published. (Posting
stories on your personal web sites is considered First Publication, and
makes it very difficult to sell them anywhere).
Only members can access the work-related boards.
Interest Boards and Chat:
is a public board (non-members can access it).
Here we post questions, notices, fun stuff -- just about anything
is apt to show up here from the You Know Youre a Writer When
thread, to questions about where to find things on the site.
those writers who do well with goals they want to meet, and find that
posting a daily page/word count gives them a little extra push to get the
place (and the only place in the community) where we can argue politics,
beliefs and anything else that might spark debate, but even here there are
rules for good conduct.
extensive -- and growing -- list of material of interest to writers,
including book lists and links to numerous web sites.
are readers as well. Here are
short reviews of fiction books that members have found enjoyable.
technical problems with the site? Post
here. (If you have questions about the community, try the Member Feedback,
we list writing events that you might want to join, like our Writing Dares
and last year's Doggerel Is King Contest. Lots of fun!
health of our bodies and minds is the single most important factor in
promoting our longevity as writers -- in predicting how long we can
continue to work, how sharp our work will be, and how productive we'll be
as we age. It's worth fighting for. The Writers' Fitness Challenge board
offers a daily opportunity to post your success in keeping to your daily
fitness goals, to get and offer encouragement, and to remember why you
want to stay in shape."
Peeks of My Works In Progress (private)
is Holly working on now? She
might just post a chapter or two of the latest WIP (Work in Progress) for
members to see!
is the area where the moderators post any information that they think
might help community members -- and where community members can post
questions to them. (To learn
more about who the moderators are and what areas they cover, try this
about how things work in the community?
Suggestions that you think might help out?
Try this board!
Bios & Links
you are a new member, introduce yourself! This is where you can write a short bio and put a link to
your own web site.
board is for people who are taking part in the critiquing process, to
request that material be removed from the crit circles or the roving
member posts. (More on this
heart of the Forward Motion Writer's Community is the Crit Circles. These
are small groups that join together for the purpose of critiquing and
helping fellow members. There are several such groups.
You will want to look here for a group to join -- or to post that
you would like to form a new group. You
may decide that belonging to a Crit Circle is not the amount of work you
can commit to right now, and decide to post as a roving member instead,
asking for individuals to critique your material.
Either way, this is the place where you want to look. (The circles
themselves, along with the area for roving members to post are in the
Writing Boards area, listed below.)
have something your ready to send out into the world of publishing, but
you're not really certain where it should go? Take a look at this page for lists of a few publishers.
is a private board for moderators only, where we discuss upcoming events
and work on problems within the site.
are mostly the Critiquing boards, where people post material and get
suggestions from others in the community.)
is an area with an assortment of
crit circles and other notices, like the Novel Swap group (people with
completed drafts of novels who want someone to look them over a last time
before they go out). The crit
groups here are generally mixed genre, or the critique circles for
material written for Children or Young Adults.
largest section of our community writes SF or fantasy, or both. This isn't
surprising, since many of us found the site through reading Holly's books.
This board has a number of crit circles and numerous individual posts. But
there's always room for more!
is a place for Romance writers to work with people who are also writing in
place for mystery writers.
place for crime and suspense writers.
place for horror writers and their critique groups.
surprisingly busy section, with a lot of interesting material.
we even cover this type of writing, and we have at least one member who
has had plays produced on stage!
is an area for anything odd that might turn up.
If enough people are interested in something new, Holly will create
a board for it.
is for writers 18 and younger -- an area that helps meet the special needs
of writers who are just learning the craft and dealing with midterms and
essays at the same time!
Robin stories are where one person posts a part of a story and another
takes it up for awhile, and another after that.
Although there hasn't been much posting in this area, it's still
open and people are encouraged to check it out and join up -- or start a
new round robin.
are a bit calm here, as well -- but check it out and see if you'd like to
contribute to creating a shared universe in which to write stories.
trouble figuring out how to put your world together?
Here is where you come and ask questions on everything from magic
systems to clothing styles.
to use some real history as a basis for your fiction?
Wondering how history in your story universe would affect actions
in your manuscript? Here is
the place to come and ask questions or present possibilities.
is a busy board! Here we have
a daily writing exercise, along with places to work through the workshops
presented in Vision.
you can see, The Forward Motion Writer's Community is a very busy place,
with considerable resources for writers.
Come in and join the fun. With
diligent work and new friends to help out, you'll be amazed at what you
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