Hi Mona! Welcome to FW! The site is huge and can be a tad overwhelming, but it has so many great things and people! There are many amazing people who genuinely want to help others be the best writer possible and all this plus some wonderful Christian fellowship.
This is a wonderful place to find people who will rejoice over your victories and want to help you meet your goals and dreams. I've been to other writing sites where it felt like they just wanted to bash my stories and bring me down. People here are willing to help. I can't believe how much I've learned in the past three plus years.
FW was an answer to my prayers. Since I have some health problems, it's hard to get out of the house. I had felt quite isolated until I came here. Now, though, I've made some wonderful friends from all over the States to Australia, Africa, England, Thailand and Latvia. These aren't just casual friendships but close friends, many of whom I talk or text each day.
The forums are a great place to get to know one another. The Water Cooler is a place to chill and talk about anything from the weather to just saying howdy. There are a couple of small groups who love and support each other. The Pacific Coast Rest Stop can be found here
or the Southern Porch can be foundthere.
You may want to pop into the Rest Stop. We have quite a few people from WA and Oregon who are regulars there. I'm from Western NY, and the Rest Stop is one of my favorite place. I'm the oddball, but not the oddest! Pop in and tell them Shann sent you.
The prayer Forum offers an opportunity to pray with others or ask for your own prayer requests or share some joys. The Open Forum is the best place to find writing related threads. Another great thread is Jan's Writing Basics
One of the biggest draws to FW is the weekly challenge. You do have to be a paid member to participate, but if you can afford the few dollars a month it is so worth it. I've learned to write on a regular basis. Without a deadline, I tend to procrastinate. It has also stretched my imagination with up to 100 or more people writing on the same topic, it's important to finds a way to stay on topic but be different from others. This year Silver members were given a chance to try the challenge for four times throughout the year. Often once one realizes how helpful it can be, it'll encourage more people to participate which is awesome because it allows more people to see your work. I think it's also the best place to get feedback on your work. Definitely more people tend to read the challenge stories. The topic for this week is Exotic. It changes/ends on Thursday at 11 am (NY time)
Don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have or jump into more discussions. I look forward to getting to know you and read some of your work.