Applied Writing

Applied Writing


About Applied Writing

What is the Applied Writing Section? What is Its Purpose?

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.


What is the Collaboration Forum?

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.

Insights & Inspiration

What is the Insights & Inspiration Forum? What is its Purpose?

The Insights & Inspiration forum is a unique part of the applied writing section of It is a repository for thread-based resources. ie high quality discussions about writing where the thread itself is the resource

Writing-related articles where the resource material is contained in the first post can be posted to the Articles section

Writing resources such as the links to content for experts who are not part of our community should be posted in the resources section

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.

Threads posted here are moderated to ensure that only high quality threads are allowed. In general most of the threads in this area will have been started elsewhere and moved to this section by the moderation team

If your thread submission was not approved please do not be discouraged. A reason will be provided and you can always resubmit in the future.

Are There Guidelines on Content and Quality?

Presently we ask only that threads submitted to this section are resourceful or insightful threads that are valuable to the reader - threads worthy of sharing and referring others to read.

Progress Journals

Progress Journals exist so that you can track your writing and publishing progress. Think of it as a journal, log, or as a place to keep yourself publicly accountable if you wish.

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
When creating a thread you should see these options:

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"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:

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If you click edit thread you can see all options:

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And that's how you can restrict your progress journal from the public, lock it from replies, or making it completely private.
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