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KTC
05-31-2008, 01:05 AM
I've been thinking about that question myself lately. I have worked with several AWers on different projects; from freelancing, to poetry, to writing collaborations, to musical collaboration, to reaching out, to meeting AWers in person, to getting speaker gigs for AWers, to lining up freelancing, to just about everything writer related. I've taken part in auctions. I have photography on my wall from an AWer who lives across the ocean. I enjoyed jam from an American AWer. I've critiqued AWers and I have been critiqued by AWers. I can probably go on until I bore you to tears...

But I won't.

This place has made me a better writer. A better poet. A better person. I think the key is to get involved in every level. There are such amazing writing forums here, but there are also social forums where the writers get to know one another, get to find other writers they click with. It's amazing to me how many doors have been opened to me through AW. I am grateful for this community.

What has AW done for you?

WendyNYC
05-31-2008, 01:09 AM
I waste entirely too much time here, but it does keep me motivated to push on with my writing. And I have been.

StoryG27
05-31-2008, 01:15 AM
This place has made me a better writer. A better poet. A better person.
Beautifully said. I'll have to add my eloquent, DITTO!

Don Allen
05-31-2008, 01:16 AM
This place has become addictive for me, but moreso it has never let me forget what I want to accomplish, which for that I will be ever grateful. Also I really dig almost all the community who I love to argue, laugh, and generally just read the silly stuff that happens to everyone....

DL Hegel
05-31-2008, 01:21 AM
AW has put me in contact with other talented writers--who are generous with their input--and give me positive motivation. I also enjoy the casual banter on the less serious threads--that helps me with my writing(ideas or dialogue)--to learn you must be willing --AW has nothing but wonderful folk--and Stew21 totally rocks for hooking me up with AW--I am very happy here!

mscelina
05-31-2008, 01:21 AM
AW has given me a wealth of information on a variety of subjects--but most particularly in the business world of publishing--which I find invaluable.

And more importantly, I've also made a wide-ranging and impressive group of friend who share my love for writing and are at various stages of theur careers. They motivate me, they inspire me, they make me submit, they torture me ceaselessly...

...and I love them for it.

Eskimo1990
05-31-2008, 01:23 AM
Found me a great friend who has helped me so much.

Gave me advice on what to do when I couldn't take my friends advice.

Made my writing better.

Made me stronger in the sense of taking rejection.

Showed me that not all people out there are jerks and bad people as we teens now are all lead to believe about the internet.

And so much more. I love this place :)

Jcomp
05-31-2008, 01:23 AM
Before I came to AW, I had never sold a short story.

Since coming to AW I've sold 6, including a very recent one that was improved in large part due to great critiques in Share Your Work.

Coincidence? You be the judge...

EriRae
05-31-2008, 01:31 AM
AW has given me the ego-popping I deserved. Many apologies to those of you who knew me back when I was God's gift to the writing world and that my work was somewhere between Faulkner and Hemingway in greatness. I was a douche.

I have gained some great insight on my completed novel, not least of which is that it's YA and needed to be shorter than my original stopping point of 112k.

I also have the drive to write every day on my current WIP's. Reading the forums keeps my brain focused on writing, rather than on going postal. ETA Unless I step over to P&CE...somebody STOP ME!!!

lakotagirl
05-31-2008, 01:33 AM
Everything that you said and more.

I've had so much help as I learned about writing.

I've found a place to go when I'm hiding from my writing. A place that allows me to take a break, yet reminds me why I am doing this.

I've found so many fantastic people who are willing to give you their 2 cents.

My friends (in person) accept me for what I am - but there are things that I won't do or say in front of them them. I won't share my writing because they will all say that it is awesome. I'm so good. -- when I know that I'm not.

On AW, I'm not bound by the same restrictions as in person. If I F&%k up, I know that you can simply ignore me.

I can ask for help without fear. I can give opinions and know that there will be 15 other opinions so that the asking person can choose the one that works for them.

AW is the best!

JJ Cooper
05-31-2008, 01:35 AM
I met my agent in person for the first time last night. We were talking about how I got from someone who started writing a novel just over a year ago to someone who has just been signed by RH for a couple of books. It all came back to AW.

I'm living the dream because of this site and I know those who just landed an agent/publisher around here feel the same way.

JJ

Writer???
05-31-2008, 02:02 AM
Given me the resource links and/or threads to be the writer I am. A few friends that keep in touch through emails. Oh, and almost 500 reppies! :D

I have been involved on multiple leves I think. I've paricipated in threads from flash to poetry, Office Party to Politics. I've lead a poetry workshop and either offered or donated money prayers and support for members in need. I've enjoyed both the Comic and Music forum though I can't say I've made any real connections there, but I have heard some great jams too. I have made a couple of award banners for contests, but that didn't seem to work out as nobody uses them.

AW, though not from a story developed here, has given me the source and encouragment to submit my one and only published work - a short story.

Given me so far, the most enjoyable window of contact I have found on the web. The email I share with some are a constant reminder that no matter how bad AW gets, (and let's admit, there are some things that everybody doesn't like about AW, thought they may be different for each person), THIS is where it all began, and if it can happen once, it CAN happen again. So I remain hopeful and thankful.

JoNightshade
05-31-2008, 02:10 AM
Since I joined AW, I've written 2 complete novels. (Finished #2 yesterday.) If that doesn't speak for itself, I don't know what does. :)

AW has also taught me the value of critiquing - both taking advice from others and looking at my own work critically. Before I came here, I was "okay" with critiquing, but it was really hard for me. The first time I posted something in SYW and got responses... I cried. A lot. The second time, I cried a little. And then I stopped. I rewrote. I made my stuff KICK ASS. Now when I come to SYW, I'm BEGGING people to rip my story apart. Somewhere along the way I realized writing isn't about being perfect; it's the process of communicating with others.

Both getting critiqued and critiquing others (and just reading critiques) has shown me what I need to look for in my own writing, so I now feel confident ripping my own work to shreds and putting it back together again. I have become the master of my words, not their slave. And it feels good. :)

Thanks everyone!

Devil Ledbetter
05-31-2008, 02:13 AM
I found my kick-ass critique partner here. There were some other good things, but they pale in comparison to connecting with a like-minded writer.:LilLove:

Joycecwilliams
05-31-2008, 02:33 AM
Great Question KTC...

I am kinda new here... join Oct. 07 just prior to Nano.. I have met a lot of wonderful people here. Whether it is getting my work critqued, or reading posts I realized a couple days ago I am a better writer. I credit AW with that. I find sometimes I spend too much time here when I should be working on my WIP - Bruised Fruit. However that is a weakness in me, not in AW.

It is one of the most wonderful places on the internet.

Cranky
05-31-2008, 02:49 AM
What has this place done for me? Well, thanks to AW, I've finished a novella, a few short stories, several flash fiction pieces, and I've started a couple of novels. I've tried (and failed, lol!) NaNoWriMo for the first time ever.

I've learned about the business. About query letters (which I'd never heard of before I came here), etc. I've also started my very first blog since I joined. I've started reading a lot of agent and writer blogs as well, and learned a ton. I've met some sincerely awesome people who've helped me grow in a lot of ways.

I've begun to learn how to do an effective critique, and I've learned how much doing that for someone else can even help me with my own writing. I've read books I've never heard of before I came here.

Mostly, I learned that while writing is solitary work, we're not alone as long as we've got AW to come to...

Shweta
05-31-2008, 03:04 AM
AW helped make me a writer. And introduced me to the weird notion that maybe I'm a poet. And introduced me to most of my current awesome friends.

I love this place :)

Danger Jane
05-31-2008, 03:16 AM
Taught me a hell of a lot about the publishing world--invaluable advice. Besides that, I met my crit partner, who has also become a close friend.


Plus, reps.

Ken
05-31-2008, 03:18 AM
it's given me the opportunity to become aquainted with some really cool, intelligent, and talented people. Thanks AW :-)

Susie
05-31-2008, 03:44 AM
Yep, well said, Kevin. I LOVE AW and the friends I've made here. Everyone has been extremely friendly, supportive and kind. I really feel like y'all are my family. Thank you for being wonderful! :e2grouphu

stormie
05-31-2008, 03:47 AM
AW has made me see that other writer's boards pale in comparison.

It's kept me from writer's block, 'cause all I have to do is come here and I get great ideas, just from reading the posts. And I get some good laughs, besides.

And, oh yeah, AW has taught me a lot about writing.

Jersey Chick
05-31-2008, 03:49 AM
It's given me a lot of support - both professionally and personally. AW's opened my eyes to the world beyond my front yard, celebrated successes and offered chocolate and wine when things didn't quite go as I'd hoped.

I've learned more about writing and publishing in the time I've been here than I knew before I stumbled across AW. I found a lot of friends here as well - and that's always a keeper.

And of course, what everyone else has said. :)

TrainofThought
05-31-2008, 04:03 AM
Since you asked, I have met some good people on AW and I am grateful for the opportunity. As for writing, AW has made me realize I donít have the talent or the want to continue. Now, all I have to do is focus on walking away from AW (the fun and aggravation ;)), and try to build and keep the friendships outside of the forum.

Seriously, I have no f***ing clue why I havenít walked away and never looked back. This place is addicting even for a non-writer. For those who wish I was gone long ago, one of these days your wish will be granted, I promise. :D Now get back to writing I have some reading to do.

Rolling Thunder
05-31-2008, 04:13 AM
*sends request to Mac for a leather forum to keep Tater around*

astonwest
05-31-2008, 04:19 AM
Sucked away all the time I used to have for writing...










That being said, the time spent hasn't completely been wasted. I've learned a tremendous amount about writing and the publishing industry in general from folks around here.

Unfortunately, it hasn't helped me land any contracts like most of the others around here...

robeiae
05-31-2008, 04:20 AM
*sends Mac a note to remind RT to keep his fantasies in check*

AW has...AW has...AW has...hmmmm.

AW has been great. I found AW via NEPAT and, quite frankly, think it's better than sex--both from the standpoint of active engagement and as something to do in my spare time.

Appalachian Writer
05-31-2008, 04:29 AM
Like Devil Ledbetter, I found my kick-ass critique partner here (and BOY does she kick-ass)!!! I also found a myriad of other friends, all of whom do their utmost to help me whenever I need it. I've gone to prayer requests and listed my problems, and I've never failed to receive comfort from the responses. I even learned how long a female cat stays in estrus! Think about that one. I've checked out the credibility of agents and publishers. SYW is primarily responsible for my latest publication, and well...I could go on. This site is invaluable to me, not just because of the wealth of information available, but because of the quality of the members. Thanks AW.

Meerkat
05-31-2008, 04:29 AM
Wait...you're all REAL PEOPLE ?!?!

I thought this was some sort of role playing thing, like Sim City or Grand Theft Auto...

So when you say "I sold this or that"....you really did?!

Dang!

Meerkat
05-31-2008, 04:32 AM
Seriously though, AW has given me a better base in reality, and the encouragement to keep trying new things (and keep submitting things). I've made great friends who I miss as much if I'm away as I miss meatspace friends and family. That's not true...I miss the AW'ers much more.

If I ever do make a sale, I'll have you all to thank. If I don't, I'll have you all to thank for making the journey so beautiful.

Mandy-Jane
05-31-2008, 04:33 AM
I think the most significant thing it's given me up to this point is inspiration. Lots of fun, lots of great people and all that, but just reading how hard other people work, how they overcome obstacles, hearing about their successes, and their future goals - it all inspires me to keep going.

Matera the Mad
05-31-2008, 04:43 AM
I have some new friends, she burbled sappily :)

Trish
05-31-2008, 04:54 AM
Aw has given me the confidence to write my stories. I didn’t get much of an education and I left school at fourteen and ten months. I missed a lot of school when I was actually there and could hardly write or spell. Fortunately, I could read though.

I have learned where to put some of those nasty little critters called “commas” because the people on here have been so patient with me and given me help. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting there. I have written six children’s chapter books, so far in twelve months. Now, I just have to go and re-write them all, another hundred times. At least now I’ve got the confidence to do it.

AW has stopped me from constantly talking and driving my family mad. I come on here instead, and talk to everyone, Oh! And write of course.

I’ve met some wonderful people here from all over the world. The only thing is, it’s very addictive and I don’t get out in the garden as much as I used too. I should be doing my studies right now, for IT. But I’m here instead.

Is there a re-hab forum on here for us addicts?

Thank you, Aw. You’ve made my life much more exciting.

Kate Thornton
05-31-2008, 05:03 AM
AW has given me a whole community of interesting people who in turn have given me encouragement, information, hope, a lot of laughs, comfort, a few winces, a couple of expletives and a better understanding of myself - and others - as the writers we all are and hope to be.

And Haskins. I will always be grateful for Haskins.

Thanks to you all.

JoNightshade
05-31-2008, 05:13 AM
Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that a very nice person on this forum recommended the agent who now reps me! Geez, I never would have gotten that on my own.

Calla Lily
05-31-2008, 05:27 AM
Where to start?

Saved me from PA, helped me polish my query to blinding lustre, connected me with not one, not two, but THREE kick-butt betas, and, perhaps most importantly...

Showed me that I'm not a weirdo loner anal-retentive type who talks to imaginary people at all hours of the day or night and obsesesses about their lives and loves and disasters.

There are hundreds of others here exactly like me! :D

*sniffle* *snork* *blows nose*

Y'all are great.


Oh, and how could I forget--AW's given me the privilege of helping other writers improve alongside of me. That is the greatest gift.

C.bronco
05-31-2008, 05:30 AM
AW has given me a lot of important info. and a lot of great people I'm glad to call my friends.

SherryTex
05-31-2008, 05:32 AM
Gave me the push to submit. Gave me a group to keep me writing...got me to consider writing a full piece --novel, has taught me about the publishing business...now I have to start fishing for an agent. Has stood by me when things have been hard and cheered when things have gone well...

icerose
05-31-2008, 05:38 AM
During the beginning of my battle against PA, about five months after I had heard about them, I was told about the "evil" AW and their slanderous posting about PA. I figured, "Heck, I'm hating PA right now, might as well see what they're saying." I had already been banned from the message board the first time for asking questions by then and found that I wasn't alone.

Through the battle of getting my books back, I found a strong community of writers to who I could relate with and talk to about things that actually interested me. PA nearly crushed the writer part of me, I was about to give up on writing all together but AW was here and the membership was encouraging and though I did stop writing novels for a while, I didn't stop writing or wanting to be a writer.

I still have confidence issues from the whole thing, but my writing has improved, I've found paying work, some of it was actually found right here. I get to see my first movie that I worked on in a few weeks and I'm close to finishing my first novel since my post PA experience, over two years after the fact!

I've learned so much about the industry that would have been very difficult to learn here and through critiques and critiquing, I've learned how to be a better writer, and a better editor.

Recently we discovered two of my kids have soy allergies and through the cooking board I found a lot of support and good ideas right when I needed them. This has been a great community and will continue to be so. I only hope I contribute back to the community that gives so much.

Little Red Barn
05-31-2008, 05:41 AM
Whoa!
Way too much, but a few.
Found out that I'd hooked up with a forum instead of downloading a chat room and then learned what a forum was. :D

Learned how to copy-paste: You have no idea how valuable this was. Thanks! :D

Hooked up with the best critters ever and one who actually had the patience of a saint and continues to inspire and keep me on task. God thank you so much for this one! ;)

Made some life-long friends I know, and I am continually blown away by our strong community and the generousity and closeness of it.

I am so grateful to each and every one of you.

And more.

Thank you!
hugs,
kimmi

naimas
05-31-2008, 05:44 AM
Given me great advice. Made me feel welcomed. Made me feel pissed. Showed me that anyone, even folks who can't spell UPS feel that they have the right to rip apart someone else's writing. Showed me that no matter what part of the journey I am on that many others have been there and are willing to help. Made me check back here time and again for answers. Made me pissed when the search option was buggy. Made me thrilled when I found what I am looking for. In short, it has proved to be a very useful tool on my journey to being a pro writer. AND ALL FOR FREE!

nerds
05-31-2008, 07:32 AM
AW has shown me that writers are still now what they have always been - intense, complex, inward, outward. Observers, thinkers, drunkards, escapists, realists. Full of faith, nothing, hope, jubilation, resignation, determination. Solitary contrary arbitrary vessels of words.

:)


Also funny as hell.

Liam Jackson
05-31-2008, 09:30 AM
AW has shown me that writers are still now what they have always been - intense, complex, inward, outward. Observers, thinkers, drunkards, escapists, realists. Full of faith, nothing, hope, jubilation, resignation, determination. Solitary contrary arbitrary vessels of words.

:)


Also funny as hell.

Well said, nerdsRus.

Rather than risk hijacking the thread, I'll pick another spot to tell you all about the Cletus forum sometime. Suffice to say for the moment, AW is both a peer community and an extended family.

SPMiller
05-31-2008, 09:48 AM
I'm not part of the community in any meaningful sense.

However, I've learned much more from the SYW forums (from both giving and receiving criticism) than I expected. AW has improved me more as a writer than anything other single source of information I've ever used. In my opinion, that's the chief value of this website.

Liam Jackson
05-31-2008, 09:55 AM
I'm not part of the community in any meaningful sense.

However, I've learned much more from the SYW forums (from both giving and receiving criticism) than I expected. AW has improved me more as a writer than anything other single source of information I've ever used. In my opinion, that's the chief value of this website.

I respectfullly disagree with the former portion of your post in bold type (mine), SP. I think that the latter portion in bold defines and qualifies as "meaningful" participation in a peer community.

This place is many things to many people. But the "giving and receiving" seems the common denominator.

JMO.

SpookyWriter
05-31-2008, 02:01 PM
I can't possibly list all the positive attributes, so I'll just say that this site and the wonderful people here make me want to write more than I have in a long time. I feel very lucky to have met everyone here and hope to be around for quite some time.

Stew21
05-31-2008, 04:25 PM
AW brought me back to poetry, and the fantastic mentors and critiquers in that forum have helped me to improve it. I continue to learn from them.
I finished my second novel with the help and guidance of people here, had wonderful betas, learned how to write a query letter. (I :heart: query hell) and am sending out submissions.
I had never considered submitting before I came here. The encouragement means so much to me.
And now I'm collaborating with people -
III turned one my poems into a song.
KTC and I are co-authoring a book on a blog for all to see (and just for the fun and exercise of it) :)
I have met some wonderful people from here at Arch-con last year.
This place has been my writing playground and writing classroom for over two years now.

AW has done a lot for me.

Mr Flibble
05-31-2008, 05:30 PM
What ahs AW done for me?

Patiently explained what passive writing is, what a participle is and gerrund clauses plus various other grammar thingies my teachers never saw fit to bother with. All done in words of one syllable that even I can grasp.

JCD made me realise how crap my query letter was, and I discovered that yes, I really did need to chop my MS.

Before I came here, I had nothing but blanket form rejections ( apart from one). Now I've got a couple of fulls out and....it's all thanks to you guys!

You gave me the confidence to say, actually I don't suck quite as bad as I thought, although I still need to improve, and always will. But that the search for perfection is never ending.

If, no when I get published, there's going to be a big old thanks to AW in the acknowledgements.


Oh, and I've had some cracking fun too.

You guys rock.

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Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-31-2008, 09:01 PM
If I ever do make a sale, I'll have you all to thank. If I don't, I'll have you all to thank for making the journey so beautiful.

Make that a 'me, too!'. I couldn't have said it any better than that.

Haggis
05-31-2008, 09:19 PM
Where else could you ask a question like, "If you pushed a man off a 400 foot tall building, how long would it take the body to smash to the ground?" without getting arrested?

Liam Jackson
05-31-2008, 09:21 PM
Where else could you ask a question like, "If you pushed a man off a 400 foot tall building, how long would it take the body to smash to the ground?" without getting arrested?

On my day job. But that's another story.

stormie
05-31-2008, 09:41 PM
Oh, I forgot to say, but most important--you guys are all the best!

robeiae
05-31-2008, 09:51 PM
Oh, I forgot to say, but most important--you guys are all the best!
Except Rolling Thunder, you mean. But then, that goes without saying...

stormie
05-31-2008, 09:59 PM
Except Rolling Thunder, you mean. But then, that goes without saying...
But you see, "rolling thunder" "stormie".... :ROFL:

nerds
06-01-2008, 05:25 AM
Where else could you ask a question like, "If you pushed a man off a 400 foot tall building, how long would it take the body to smash to the ground?" without getting arrested?


:roll:

Michael Parks
06-01-2008, 05:38 AM
What has AW done for me?

At the very least, given my love of writing a place to hang its hat, to feel at home in.

William Haskins
06-01-2008, 06:52 AM
first and foremost, AW gave my poetry a home.

it gave me the motivation to write short stories (and a poem) on tight deadlines and with predetermined themes in the AW Idol contest.

it gave me the opportunity to moderate the poetry forum for a while and offer it some dimension it didn't have before.

it gave me the honor of being its first poet laureate, something i will always be proud of.

it gave me the opportunity to forge (and sometimes fuck up) online friendships that expanded my understanding not only of writing, but also what it means to be a human being.

it gave me a fun outlet for sarcasm and humor, and a place even to indulge my darker compulsions of spite, cruelty and unrelenting pessimism.

it gave me a place to engage in fiery political debate against a backdrop that greatly resembles 'lord of the flies' (in a good way).

perhaps best of all, it gave me a vibrant community, in which each subforum is a different street, home or storefront and where, no matter what, writers can find an atmosphere of tolerance, diverse discussion and fun.

it also once gave me a terrible rash.

Rolling Thunder
06-01-2008, 06:58 AM
You've used sarcasm? And the rash seems to be a Mod thing...

MacAllister
06-01-2008, 07:00 AM
first and foremost, AW gave my poetry a home.

<snip>


. . . it also once gave me a terrible rash.
Yeah. I've been thinking about adding a talcum powder advisory in the Newbie Guide. But the rash seems like kind of a coming-of-age moment.

nerds
06-01-2008, 07:27 AM
Yeah. I've been thinking about adding a talcum powder advisory in the Newbie Guide.




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SpookyWriter
06-01-2008, 02:18 PM
Where else could you ask a question like, "If you pushed a man off a 400 foot tall building, how long would it take the body to smash to the ground?" without getting arrested?Does the body get arrested before or after hitting the ground?

Shweta
06-01-2008, 02:29 PM
Does the body get arrested before or after hitting the ground?
Nono, the body doesn't get arrested. That's the 'without' part.

SpookyWriter
06-01-2008, 02:35 PM
Qualifiers. Bwwwaaa....

Perle_Rare
06-01-2008, 05:04 PM
Does the body get arrested before or after hitting the ground?

And here I thought the ground was in charge of doing the arresting of the body... :Shrug:


I've only been a lurker and occasional poster here for the last six months or so but AW has given me a place to learn a huge lot from many amazing people and get my oftentimes lame questions answered.

AW has also given me hope that someday, I may just reach the goal of becoming a published author.

Thanks everyone for an amazing forum! :)

Ol' Fashioned Girl
06-01-2008, 06:31 PM
Yeah. I've been thinking about adding a talcum powder advisory in the Newbie Guide. But the rash seems like kind of a coming-of-age moment.

Yeah... but how do you get rid of it?

trumancoyote
06-01-2008, 07:54 PM
AW's done nothing but give me nightly bad dreams --terrible, terrible dreams-- involving Haskins, a donkey, some leather and crying that flaps away unheard into the impassive and starless night sky.

And Perks. It's brought me Perks.
And Rhymenstein's boobs.

aspier
06-01-2008, 07:58 PM
Ban me for a week because I made a joke in the Office joke departement and now due to that, I am so unpopular, you can't believe it. I think I am more unpopular than those who got banned 3 days. Mine was supposed to be 3 as well but beacause it was such a good joke ... well you know, the rules are stern and posting isn't a laughing matter. (omg I must watch out with this post - see, this is what AW has done to me. I now have to type quicker and watch over my shoulder ... that's why I make so many spelling mistakes. I have been going down down down after that bad, understand? Terible! But I love the board and am hooked, etc. blah blah such see et al.)

Medievalist
06-01-2008, 08:39 PM
Ban me for a week because I made a joke in the Office joke departement and now due to that, I am so unpopular, you can't believe it. I think I am more unpopular than those who got banned 3 days. Mine was supposed to be 3 as well but beacause it was such a good joke ... well you know, the rules are stern and posting isn't a laughing matter. (omg I must watch out with this post - see, this is what AW has done to me. I now have to type quicker and watch over my shoulder ...

Or you could take responsibility for your own words--which, frankly, were cruel rather than humorous--rather than whining about being expected to be responsible.


that's why I make so many spelling mistakes. I have been going down down down after that bad, understand? Terible! But I love the board and am hooked, etc. blah blah such see et al.)

You make so many spelling mistakes because you don't care to fix them--I'm legally blind, and dyslexic, and if I can get it mostly right, so can you--and then people could actually read what you write.

Medievalist
06-01-2008, 08:40 PM
Yeah... but how do you get rid of it?

You don't -- it's prep for the Mod Collar :D

aspier
06-01-2008, 09:01 PM
I can't remember, life is too fast for me anyway. Dyslexic? How do you read? For my official publications I have a ghost writer. Check this - here my English is American. Nice eh?

http://users.skynet.be/spier/2008operapages/2008operaindex.htm

Shweta
06-02-2008, 12:13 AM
AW has also taught me that we reveal more than we mean to with our casual words. It's given me a clearer sense of how to come across well -- or terribly -- in a public place.

awatkins
06-02-2008, 12:36 AM
Love this place so much!

:e2arms:

:e2grouphu

melaniehoo
06-02-2008, 12:40 AM
AW has opened the door to the publishing world to me. I found this site the week I decided to start writing and haven't looked back. I've since finished one wip (currently with betas) and now I'm working on wip #2.

Now AW is my social life. I don't have many real-world friends where we are so this place keeps me sane. Thank you everyone. :D

cethklein
06-02-2008, 12:45 AM
I find the site invaluable. The amount of expertise here is nice, but the (mostly) civil discussions one can have are also a plus. I've been visiting this site for years and only recently started posting, but before tat i spend untold amounts of time just reading over the information here?