I am very pleased to announce several new forums that I believe will become great resources. The new Applied Writing Forum exists to help us grow as writers, to apply what we've learned, and to make progress towards our goals. This forum is composed of Advice, Insights, & Inspiration, Goal Tracking & Accountability, Collaborative Projects, and Resource, Tools, and Software. I am also considering, perhaps in time, adding a Success Stories forum where we can share successes and notify the community when we get published. The Advice, Insights, & Inspiration forum is a forum where Senior and Contributing Members can post sticky-quality threads. It's meant to act as a repository of resourceful threads. For those of you who are knowledgeable and experienced in particular areas, I encourage you to consider creating a thread in this forum. The Goal Tracking & Accountability forum is a forum where each member can create a journal thread to track writing or publishing progress and to keep publicly accountable. By publicly updating your journal with goals and progress you keep yourself accountable and increase the likelihood of completing your goal. The Collaborative Projects forum is a place where qualified members can network to find beta readers, free editing and design services, critique exchanges, and partners for other writing-related projects. This forum is not for advertising or paid services and will be heavily moderated. There's been requests for a place like this forum for several years and I believe we're at a stage where it can be used responsibly and as a resource. Lastly, the Resource, Tools, & Software forum is a forum where specific resources, writing tools, and writing software can be discussed. It will also be heavily moderated. There have also been requests for a place to discuss specific tools and resources over the past few years. Some entries in the writing resource section will create a thread in this forum once a resource has been added. Each of these forums have an "about this forum" thread with additional information. They'll also be updated with more info, rules, and frequently asked questions over the next few days. Please let me know what you think about these new sections. I'm especially interested in suggestions on how these can best be put to use. I'm also open to renaming Applied Writing if anyone has suggestions.