The applied writing section is an area to help members grow as writers and apply their knowledge of writing to become better writers. It serves to help writers make progress towards their writing, publishing, or other related goals, as well as to provide opportunity to assist and collaborate with others.
Talking about writing isn't enough. Even writing about writing isn't enough. To succeed, one must continuously learn, write, improve, and apply.
What Forums are Included in the Applied Writings Category?
It is composed of Advice, Insights, and Inspiration, Goal Tracking/Progress Journals, Collaboration, Writing Software, and NaNoWriMo. Each of these forums have their own dedicated FAQ questions, listed here.
The Collaboration Forum is a place for members to network, collaborate, and exchange free writing-related services. It is not a place to advertise paid products or services or third-party offerings.
Collaborative projects can include beta reading, critique exchanges, free book cover design, free editing services, partnership requests, collaborative writing projects, and other writing-related projects. Most projects have a thread prefix that can be selected when a thread is created to indicate the type of collaboration request.
The collaboration forum is the result of many requests for an area to offer free services and find beta readers.
The collaboration forum is not a place to offer paid products, paid services, advertisements, or third-party services. Posting these types of listings may result in a warning or a ban.
I Can't Post in the Collaboration Forum. Who Can Post Collaboration Requests?
Only established, active members can post in the Collaboration Forum. In this case, only members who've been members for 90 days and made 100 posts may participate in the Collaboration Forum.
Can I advertise my product, service, website, or third-party service?
Paid products, services, advertisements, and third-party offerings are prohibited. All collaborations or offerings must personally involve the member posting.
Any services - such as book cover design or editing - must be freely offered or exchanged for other services (ex: a critique for a critique, beta reading for editing). Advertising paid services may result in a warning or ban.
The Insights & Inspiration forum is a unique part of the applied writing section of WritingForums.org, serving as as a unique, dedicated section for knowledgeable and successful community members to share their insights and inspiration with the rest of the community. Such contributions can come in many forms of "resource threads," including writing tips, advice, motivational posts, inspirational stories, specific insights, AMA (ask-me-anything) interviews, and more.
The Insights & Inspiration forum is meant to act as a repository for thread-based resources. Writing-related articles and specific resources should be posted in their respective writing-related articles and writing resources sections. In short, Insights & Inspiration is meant for "sticky-quality" threads related to writing, publishing, or other industry-related or relevant topics.
Why Can't I Create a Thread in Insights & Inspiration? Who Can Create Threads In the Insights & Inspiration Forum?
Only members who've reached at least Senior Member status may post new threads in this forum. This includes Contributor Members and Community Leaders. Some restrictions may apply. For more information on usergroups, see our Usergroup FAQ page. Exceptions may be made upon request.
Senior members may submit threads to the Insights & Inspiration forum, but threads are moderated. This is solely to ensure threads in the forum are not just good, but useful, applicable, or insightful, and of the highest quality.
If your a Senior Member and you're thread submission was not approved, or your exception request was denied, please do not be discouraged. A reason will be provided and you can always resubmit in the future.
I Want to Submit an Insights Thread but I Don't Meet the Requirements
Exceptions can be made upon request; if you'd like to submit a resourceful thread to the Insights & Inspiration forum, please contact Daniel or another staff member and request an exception, provide a details on the topic you'd like to submit, its general contents, and why you believe it will be resourceful for forum members.
Are There Restrictions or Guidelines on Content and Quality?
Presently, content restrictions and quality guidelines have not been established. They will be created if they are needed. We ask that all posts be quality (think "sticky-quality threads); that is, they are resourceful or insightful threads that are valuable to the reader - threads worthy of sharing and referring others to read.
The goal tracking journals are firstly to motivate you and help you keep track of your progress and, secondly, to keep you accountable by publicly setting goals and updating your progress. It's been proven that when you publicly set a goal for your self you are more likely to achieve it; you'll be more personally committed and feel held accountable.
The progress journal forum also has a number of unique privacy settings.
You can now:
- Lock your journal so only you can reply
- Make your journal viewable only to members
- Make your journal completely private - viewable only to yourself and forum staff
"Open" is whether or not people can reply. "Members Only" hides your journal from guests. "Private" hides it from all members, staff excluded.
To change this after you create your thread, you should see thread tools options:
If you click edit thread you can see all options:
And that's how you can restrict your progress journal from the public, lock it from replies, or making it completely private.