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Writing Forums is a privately-owned, community managed writing environment. We provide an unlimited opportunity for writers and poets of all abilities, to share their work and communicate with other writers and creative artists. We offer an experience that is safe, welcoming and friendly, regardless of your level of participation, knowledge or skill. There are several opportunities for writers to exchange tips, engage in discussions about techniques, and grow in your craft. You can also participate in forum competitions that are exciting and helpful in building your skill level. There's so much more for you to explore!

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Announcement  WF Bookstore - Members' Published Books

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Today the Writingforums.com owners and staff are pleased to announce the creation of a new forum, titled Members’ Published Books. This is a WF Bookstore where books written by our members can be found and purchased.

Published authors (of every type), please visit the Forum, check out the rules in the FAQ, and start showing your stuff. :) We encourage members to browse the offerings to help support our authors and the site. You can easily look for books of your favorite genre.

A portion of the proceeds will help support WritingForums.com, at no extra cost to purchasers OR authors.

Now, when looking for our next great read, we can support each other and this site!

Copyright Primer

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As a writer, how would you feel if someone stole your work and used it for self-promotion or to make money for themselves?

If you're like me, you'd be furious.

In my four decades working as a professional illustrator, photographer, and designer, that's the sort of stuff that happens to me and my colleagues all the time. Every time we post to the internet a custom image created by us, we risk having that image stolen and used by someone without our permission.

It's aggravating.

Most of the time the person doing the stealing does so out of ignorance, not knowing the implications of what they've done.

While I'm not a lawyer and this isn't legal advice, I AM a creator of visual content with an interest and a stake in promoting proper use of mine and others' intellectual property. This short article is an attempt to put my meager knowledge to good use in order to help fellow writers navigate these sometimes confusing waters.

Keeping It Simple

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December 2021 Poetry Challenge

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December 2021 Poetry Challenge

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The Yuletide is upon us, Santa is making a list of all the poets who have submitted their work for this Challenge. His elves are making cookies for those who submit their poem this month. So, you better be good and start writing your poem. - Let's get our minds in a poetic state of mind and create words that will enchant us. Let's have fun.

This is a “regular” month; therefore, entrants must post their own entries this month.

Discussion regarding any entry, or any challenge related issues, may take place in either Bistro during any phase of the challenge. Kindly be mindful that secure entries are only discussed in the Secure Bistro to preserve the first rights of entrants.

Please remember that in submitting an entry you are obligated to cast at least one vote in the poll once it is opened. Failure to do so will result in your entry being disqualified.

The prompt for this month's...

Describing characters as attractive

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I've read a few writing advice blogs that say you shouldn't do this outside of the POV of a character that finds said character attractive. Personally, I disagree with this, because if I intend for the character to be the hottest guy/girl in the room, I want it known to the reader so they can imagine it. Sure, you can leave exacting details up to the imagination, but if you intend for a character to rival George Clooney or Beyonce in looks, what's wrong with telling your reader that especially if it's relevant to the plot in some way?

Tale Foundry: Youtube channel looking to hire a writer/researcher! ~$500...

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Hey! I run the youtube channel Tale Foundry, and I'm looking for a writer-researcher to help us make videos!

Tale Foundry is a tight-knit team of creatives who make videos about writing, storytelling, and fiction. It's a pretty involved process, with almost daily conversations and lots of brainstorming about creative approaches to the art and writing that will appear in our videos.

We're looking for an essay-writer skilled with voice and tonality, able to do meticulous research and write passionately enough about the material to make it compelling for a audience of listeners. This process will require academic levels of research, but the tone of the writing will be far from academic. This is not mercenary work. We're not looking for one-and-done commission offers. We wants someone who is eager to be deeply involved in a creative process and earn a fixed monthly payment (with upward mobility, of course), starting at around ~$500/mo. We'd require 15-30hrs of work per month.

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Announcement  New Administrator: Santa Came to WF Early this Year!

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We are delighted to announce @vranger has agreed to join the admin team. Jim not only brings his contagious enthusiasm to WF but a wealth of experience. Thanks, Jim!

Jim began writing with his first business, writing interactive adventure in heroic fantasy and science fiction, where he wrote between 2.5 to 3 million words (based on the word count of surviving text files which amount to less than half of what he wrote back then). He also hired, trained, and managed a staff of writers when the volume of customers grew too large for him to manage alone.

For the last twenty years, Jim's extensive experience in software development has been in the form of eCommerce systems, both developing them, and consulting on how to leverage them to boost sales from previous marketing strategies. And, in that time, he developed his proofreading app, which is an essential element of his editing process for completed novels.

Years ago...

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