Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion Chat Rooms

Read this post!  We are going to start enforcing the various use of the rooms.


We have moved to a new set up for chat, though this is the same program.  In order to join the new chat rooms you must register for a new account.  Please use your site username since we plan to integrate this with site authentication down the road, and this will ease the transition.

We suggest you use the same email address as you use for the site,  but no matter what  you must use a valid email address because you'll have to validate your account by clicking on a link.

If the site template looks jarring when you first log in, that means you were using a different template in the old chat. No problem. All the templates are there, you just have to configure your account the way you like it by clicking on UserCP.


Please note:

Only one chat room has a 'writing only' rule. If you are in that chat room please limit the off-topic discussions and respect that others come to that room to specifically to work and discuss writing without a lot of other chat going on.


Chat Room Login / Who is Chatting


Read and follow the chat rules below:

IMPORTANT: Please note that chat is part of the Forward Motion Website and follows the same rules found in our Terms of Service You are responsible for knowing the rules and following them.

Review the User Menu to adjust your information and preferences.

Moderator Warnings : If a moderator tells you to quit some behavior and you persist you will be removed and banned from the chat rooms.

About Our Chat Room Culture

     Our chat rooms are unlike those you'll find most places on the Internet, and behavior that is considered acceptable elsewhere will quickly mark you as an outsider here. The following guidelines will help you fit in faster.

Do not ask....

     Don't ask chatters for either their location, age or anything else that might be considered personal. Since the site welcomes younger members, we are very careful not to make them targets from predators. Never volunteer this information to strangers on the Internet.


     Members in our chat rooms hold actual conversations which means our live rooms are some of the few on the Internet where people are expected to have something to talk about and to take the time to say it well. Typos and errors are as inescapable, but our members don't use much of the abbreviation-laden chat-speak you'll find elsewhere. We're writers and our objective is to make certain we express ourselves clearly.


     When someone is snippeting from their work in chat, there are a few things to remember:

     1) If you want to snippet, please ask for permission first. You will most likely get an unequivocal yes, but it's polite to ask nonetheless.

     2) Once you've finished, indicate so with an extra line that says "end" or something similar.

     3) Please do not snippet more than a few lines of text.

     4) Please don't interrupt a snippet in progress. Wait for the "end" sign to say something. (However, people do drop in during a snippet and don't realize, and that's inescapable, but please don't welcome the person until after the snippet.)

     5) Please ask the poster if comments are welcome. Some people just want to share what they enjoyed writing and don't want a critique at this point.  You would do more damage than good just barging in with one.

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