TIPS FOR NEWCOMERS
(Post in this thread ONLY if you wish to be considered a mentor by newcomers.)
First step! Tell us something about yourself in the Introductions Forum. This step is highly valued by other members, and we will appreciate getting to know a bit about you up front.
Your profile is accessed by clicking your image or name in the upper right hand corner. The little arrow is a drop down menu to help you access your profile and on-site email, or "messenger." Please visit your profile to personalize it.
Honor Points, listed on your “Edit Profile” page, are earned by completing writing challenges and official contests. Each contest and challenge will specify the number of points you can earn. Each member's points are visible beneath their avatar when they post, beside the "gear" icons.
The Shoutbox, located at the bottom of the site, is for real time chat.
Please take the time to acquaint yourself with the FORUM RULES so that the time you spend here at LF will be a positive experience.
The HELP page, linked at the bottom of every page, beneath the Shoutbox, will explain how many of LF's functions work. Be sure to check it out before you post a question in Suggestions & Questions.
Please feel free to contact one of the Moderators (Forum Leaders) for more information. Forum Leaders’ names are shown in the forums’ descriptions. They can be contacted using your private messenger.
The Feedback Forums are: The Shredder, Fiction & Nonfiction, and Poetry
Using the TEMPLATE in the Feedback Forums is MANDATORY. Please, please, please, remember to use the template provided at the top of the Stories, Poetry, and Non-Fic forums. The template helps us know what kind of feedback will best serve your needs. If you do not use it, you may not receive feedback at all. See our pinned threads on the importance of the template: Read Before Posting and Just Do It
Giving feedback will ensure you receive it. We are not a critique service. We are all about critique exchange. Your chances of receiving comments go up remarkably if you critique the work of others. Also, participating in other areas of the community will encourage members to critique your work.
Please become familiar with the content in the Rules & Guidelines forum. Doing so will ensure that you understand what is expected of you, what consequences are involved for certain behavior, and what honors and privileges you may earn for participating in the community. This is a read-only forum, so please post all your comments and questions about it either in Suggestions & Questions or in a private message to a staff member.
The Shredder is a more focused version of the Stories Forum. There, members may post excerpts of FICTION OR NON-FIC ONLY (no poetry), 200 WORDS MAXIMUM, with the expectation that those 200 words will be scrutinized and critiqued with a fine-tooth comb. Though this forum is not for the faint of heart, constructive criticism is encouraged.
Interactive Writing features several opportunities for members to create stories together.
In Writing Challenges you will find fun writing exercises that earn you Honor Points upon completion. Add these Honor Points yourself on your "Edit Profile" page.
Writing Questions is the place to ask other members questions on the method and business of writing.
Resources is where you may find and share interesting links for research or useful tools and information on writing. This forum also features information about the world of publishing.
The Boasting Wall is a vital subforum of our Announcements forum, where you may tell us your publishing success stories. After all the critiquing you receive, this is where we hope to see your name!
Questions about the site and suggestions for its improvement may be posted in Suggestions & Questions. Posting questions in the Shoutbox works also, when others are on.
FORMATTING YOUR POSTS:
Be aware that INDENTS MAY NOT WORK. So when you post, it's advisable to use WEB FORMAT. In other words, single-spaced, no tabs or paragraph indents, just an extra space between paragraphs.
LF features a growing and interactive TABLE OF CONTENTS that categorizes many of our threads on a variety of topics from grammar to publishing markets and world-building resources. Find the information you're looking for faster!
Many have asked about the words like "Wish" and "Spark" and so on that appear above your avatar. For a rundown on this, please visit the Member Groups and Ranks thread.
The colored uppercase letters that you may notice preceding some member names in places like the Shoutbox, denote staff rank only, and are not a part of the member's username:
A = Administrator
L = Forum Leader
C = Core Member
LA = Leader Assistant
To learn how you may qualify for Core Member status or the new Critiquer and Shredder badges, please visit this thread: STATUS OPTIONS AND BADGES
For newcomers who desire a more personalized acquaintance with the community, you may contact any of the members who have posted below via your private messenger.
(Post in this thread ONLY if you wish to be considered a mentor by newcomers. Discussion for this thread is conducted AT THIS LINK)