Looking to understand how WriterShelf works? Here's a tour. See how to get started, set up your pen names and publish great content.
While WriterShelf is doesn't require registration to read articles, to publish articles or make comments, you need to create a WriterShelf account.
Signing up is a two-step process. First enter your name, email and a password. You also choose a language version - but you can change that later.
WriterShelf will send you an activation email.
Click on the Activate button in the email.
Activating your account takes you to your My WriterShelf page where you can personalize your pen names and get an overall view of your WriterShelf account.
You can always jump to your WriterShelf account home by clicking on My Pen Names at the top of the screen.
Click the Account Settings button to see the global settings for your WriterShelf account.
Use this page to change your user name, email and password.
If you make changes to your account settings, be sure to click the Update WriterShelf Account Settings button to register the changes.
Your My WriterShelf page is your WriterShelf account home.
Go to My WriterShelf by clicking on My Pen Names at the top of the screen.
The My WriterShelf page has two columns. The top icon in the left column, My WriterShelf , displays global info for all your pen names.
The icons below are your pen names. Each shows the Pen Name, an icon and a private note only you can see.
The content of the right column shows either global info (as shown) or info on the pen name you've selected.
To start, WriterShelf gives you three automatically generated pen names. Use these pen names as is or change them as you like. You can also create more pen names. WriterShelf does not limit the number of pen names you can create.
Select a pen name to display stats and controls for that pen name.
To change a pen name, select the pen name and click on Settings in the Pen Name Dashboard:
If you wish to delete a pen name, you can do so at the bottom of Edit Pen Name page
Click Update Pen Name at the bottom to save your changes. You'll go to your Pen Name Page - the place where readers can find all the articles published under that pen name.
As the Pen Name owner, the Pen Name page displays the Pen Name Dashboard to give you access to tools and settings.
Each of your pen names has it's own Pen Name Page. Your pen names are not connected so readers of one of your pen names cannot see you also write under others.
WriterShelf users visiting your pen name page see an invitation to follow. The public tally board shows feedback the pen name has received, making it easy to spot trolls.
Here's what a My WriterShelf page might look like with three pen names for different types of writing. The pen name Trent Pearl is selected so the column on the right shows info for that pen name.
WriterShelf lets you create as many pen names as you like. That makes it easy to have different pen names for different audiences and interests.
WriterShelf does not, however let you use more than one pen name in a conversation.
WriterShelf's one-name-per-conversation policy means when you publish an article, you must participate in that conversation using the original pen name. You cannot answer yourself with a different pen name.
Likewise, when you first comment or like an article, any additional comments you make must use the same pen name.
On your My WriterShelf page, click on the My WriterShelf icon to show global info for your WriterShelf account and display the User Dashboard.
In the User Dashboard, click on Add New Pen Name.
The Create a New Pen Name page will display. Edit the pen name to create the identity you want.
Publishing articles on WriterShelf is a two-step process. First you draft the article, then you publish it.
That means you don't have to finish an article in a single sitting. You can create a set of drafts that you publish as you finish them. Draft articles are not visible publicly.
There are three ways to open the Draft List to create a new draft:
The Draft Articles List shows drafts for all your pen names. It's the place to start new articles.
The WriterShelf editor is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tool with a wide range of editing, and formatting features that let you combine text, images and media.
The editor opens in compact mode but offers a full-screen mode for focused editing. Mobile mode for phones offers tailored operation and features.
Insert images via URL or upload from your computer. Images inserted from your computer are automatically resized to a maximum width of 800 pixels.
Use the Media command to insert audio and video.
The Code sample command lets you include HTML or other code in documents.
For many types of content, the editor lets you simply paste summary links into documents. This makes it easy to reference other content on the web and credit the source.
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The editor has a set of built in heading, text and block styles to apply to content.
There are also formatting tools for bullets, lists, alignment, text and background colors. In short, there's lots of flexibility.
Once you’ve finished your article - or as you are working - you can preview how it will look when it is published.
You can always return to the article to keep editing after you preview.
Click the Preview / Publish button at the bottom of the page.
The Preview & Publish page shows how your article will appear to readers once it is published.
At the bottom of the page you have commands to return to the editor or publish the article.
Return to Editor or Draft Articles List
If you want to make further changes to your article, click Return to Draft Edit without publishing. You'll return to the Draft Editor. Likewise, if you want to keep the article for editing later, choose Return to the Draft Articles List without publishing.
WriterShelf is a privacy-oriented platform that lets you write using pen names.
Everyone has a story to tell. WriterShelf gives you the freedom to be yourself.