A Quick Reference
Using our site is simple! Here’s a quick rundown of how to use our site followed by some specifics.
- Build your profile. This lets our members get to know you and why you write. Feel free to share your social pages and your personal site, if you have one.
- Explore the site. Once you register for an account you’ll gain access to most features on our site. Check out our discussion page, get to know our writers, submit content through our submit page, and, most importantly, start leaving feedback on posted stories.
- Participate, participate, participate! Writing is a two way road and the more our members join in on discussions, write, and leave feedback, the stronger our network becomes and the more useful it can be.
How To Upload a File
Uploading files to A Writing Hand is simple! But there are a few things to learn if you want to make sure everything goes smoothly.
- Click on the ‘Submit’ button on our main menu.
- There are two ways to share your work with the Submit page; as text or as a PDF attachment.
- The first option is the easiest, just copy and paste your story into the ‘Content’ box.
- To add your story as a PDF file, click on ‘Add Media’. Under the ‘Upload Files’ tab, you’ll be able to drag and drop your file or you can click ‘Select Files’ and browse for your work on your computer. This next part is super important, after you select your file, if you look to the right of the page you’ll see something that says ‘Attachment Display Settings’. Make sure you select to link to ‘Media File’. Once you do that, hit ‘Insert Into Post’. If you don’t do that last step, people won’t be able to access your PDF file. See the image below for a visual aid on where this setting is.
- Once your story is added via text or PDF attachment, fill out the required information.
- Title – the name of your story.
- Content – If you add your story or poem as text, this is where you’ll put it. If you upload as a PDF, the link to your file will appear here. You can also add any additional information you want the reader to know before they read your work.
- Category – this is where you choose what to categorize your story as. If you are uploading something that is a prompt response, choose the ‘Prompt Response’ category. If you are uploading a non-prompt related story or poem, select the ‘General’ category. If you are submitting a longer work (such as a novella, novel, or novel excerpt) or a piece that you are ready to submit somewhere for publication, use the ‘Private’ category.
- NOTE: If you are a newer member and don’t have access to private pages yet and attempt to use the ‘Private’ category, your story will upload but you won’t have access to any comments that are left on it.
- Tags – You can use whatever you find relevant to your post as a tag and you can have multiple tags but at a bare minimum, make sure at least one of them is the date of the meeting you’re submitting for. If you write a response to the prompt, use the prompt itself as another tag. For example, if the February 15th meeting has the prompt “The Devil You Know”, tag your prompt response with ‘February 15th’ and ‘The Devil You Know’. This will put all the pieces tagged with the date in one spot, making it easy for everyone to see what they need to read ahead of the meeting. The prompt tag won’t mean much for the meeting but will come in handy when members look through our prompts.
- Click ‘Submit’ and wait for your feedback! Give some feedback on other stories while you wait. If you’re able to make it to the meeting, make sure you read everything ahead of time so you can join in on the discussion.
You can submit content just like you submit a story, all you have to do is choose a relevant category. If you want to submit a prompt, choose “Prompt”. If you want to share a useful article, choose “Resource”. If you want to link to an event or contest, choose “Event”.