Hi Dorci! I'm glad you found your way here. Even more exciting is that someone listened to me! I guess I've been a mom to long, the kids never seem to listen to me.
I will admit they have come up with a family joke: Mom, why didn't you make me do... Whatever it was I tried to tell them. At least they see my advice is good in hindsight.
I can't remember if I gave you my tour, so I'll include some of it here. FW has been such a blessing. I can't believe how much I've grown here. I used to write sporadically. (I'm great at procrastinating, plus have health problems), But since joining FW, I've written at least 90 articles, short stories, devotions, and poems. I've come so far too. When I look back at my first articles, I cringe a bit now. Though it's really a blessing because I can see how much I've learned. I plan on taking some stories and redoing them.
FW is really an amazing site. I've also met friends from all over the world. These are good friends whom I communicate with on a regular basis too. It's an awesome site. It can be a tad overwhelming because it's so big, but here are some tips for you.
FW has opened so many doors for me. If you can afford the extra money a month to become a gold or platinum member, it is so worth it! There are many benefits that I hope you are discovering okay. I just finished my first picture book and because I'm a platinum member, my book is here on the site. Also many of the sales of book have been from FW contacts. Even my illustrator is a FW friend!
I'm pretty sure you are familiar with the writing challenge.There are four quarters each year with ten topics in each one that are related. The new quarter will be starting on Thursday. (Man time flies.)
FW is a great place to meet other Christians and writers. I also think it's awesome because there is people with all kinds of experience here from having published book to having never really written much at all. People here are great encouragers and willing to share their knowledge with others. The Open Forum
is a great place to ask questions about writing and publishing.
You also can find a wealth of info and a variety of people on the boards. It's also a great way to make friends. A great place for writing tips can be found at Jan's Writing Basics.
It might be a bit overwhelming to post at first, but I'd urge you to bite the bullet and jump in. Jan is wonderful at giving invaluable feedback to everyone who tries her thread and posts their "homework."
Also The Water Cooler
is a great place to meet people. They have topics that range from regional areas to just popping in to say hi. Another great place to go is Prayer Requests.
It's wonderful to be able to request prayer and to lift others up in need.
Fw is much like a family. There is something for everyone. The people encourage, support, and love each other. Welcome to the family!
I hope I gave you some places to start. The site is huge and there are so many wonderful things here. You may want to check out the FAQ
thread as that may answer many of your questions.
Have fun exploring, jump into conversations and don't be afraid to ask any questions.