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INside Scoop January, 2008

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Embracing The VNC
It's a cozy neighbourhood
By  Rowdy Rhodes

It is paramount to your success as a 21st century writer you understand the VNC.
Each of us dwells within a geographically horizontal and vertical community. Now, through the Internet, a new element of reality has emerged: The Virtual, Non-linear Community (VNC).

The VNC has been developing over the past 15 to 20 years, slowly evolving into its own ever-expanding environment; that being new forms of communication, commerce, trade, development and exploration.

Within the VNC are hundreds of millions of people with their own agendas, beliefs, ideas and dreams of what this new frontier means to them.

For writers who are active VNC members our work exists within a theatre of creationism, presentation, competition and trust. It's a cozy neighbourhood, still relatively small, slowly expanding, and full of opportunity.

This offers us a host of presentation options to show off what we can do to entertain and educate the world at large.

Through the use of web sites and email we will affect change around the planet, especially so since we are writers. And writers, by trade and historical fact, have always been one group of leaders shaping and shaking up conventional thought and belief.

For those studying and working in the VNC while type/handwriting writers are not, an educational gap needs to be filled between the two groups.

Many writers are still sticking to the "tried and true" styles of pen in hand and printed presentation while the newest breed are blogging, RSSing, and designing web site systems dedicated to their work.

Over the past six months IN has provided many educational articles specifically addressing issues that writers face with the Internet. These articles are our attempt to bridge that gap.

It is paramount to your success as a 21st century writer that you understand the VNC language and rules. And have no doubt there is a basic VNC language. Like foreign language courses, the information below is designed to step you through from the ABCs to graduate levels of VNC language comprehension and usage.

The information is free, so you don't have to worry about cost. You do need to worry about understanding the fundamentals. The current cornerstones of Internet communication fall into two categories: web site presentation, which requires knowledge of HTML, and email communication.

To learn about HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) one of the best, free, online courses I have come across is offered at HTML Goodies

Goodies offer primary to graduate levels of information about HTML, creating banner graphics, Perl and CGI scripting, ASP, Java, and much more. As writers, HTML and banner graphic creation are the areas of focus.

I can't stress that enough: you need to know basic HTML and banner graphic creation. Both are required so you can design banners, ads, HTML text yourself and not have to pay for it. It also makes it much easier for web site managers to assist you in promoting your work if you can understand the basics of the VNC language and be able to act upon requests.

For email education (yes you think you know it, bet you don't) I recommend Email Replies

This site explains proper emailing, as well as etiquette requirements. The information expands to corporate email and how to maintain a continual level of professionalism in your mailed content.

BTW: Last issue I mentioned AOL and the possibility they are deleting your email prior to receipt, and asked for your assistance. To date I have received mixed response, so the jury is still out. If you are an AOL user, signed up to our mailing list, please send me a copy of Writer's Site News. We are trying to determine whether mail is getting through or not. As I know more, you'll know more.

In closing, I was very sorry to hear about the death of our editor's best friend Mark James DeWees. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark's family and my dear friend and colleague Daryl Jung.

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