Monday, July 5, 2010

The Write Stuff

Post by Jennifer Carter

I am so excited and grateful to Kerrie for the opportunity to put together The Write Stuff newsletter for NCW. There is something uniquely fulfilling about editing a newsletter--I love to experiment with different fonts, colors and layouts, and I find it particularly exciting when I know I have all the information that is going in the current issue and then have to figure out how to make it fit on a certain number of pages. If I could find a T-shirt that says "I [heart] newsletters" I would buy it.

But the very best part of doing a newsletter is having stuff to put in it. It's kind of boring without that, actually! Fortunately, members have been willing to share news so far and I'm hoping that trend will continue. I feel a little bit like I'm on America's Most Wanted when I say this, but if you have any information...progress or good news (you finished a draft, got an agent, got published), upcoming events, awesome books you just read, helpful information you've come across--or even if you want a growing group of 200+ to send some positive thoughts into the universe about an upcoming pitch or query letter you just sent out, let me know!

I also love, love, love to share actual writing from members--flash fiction, poetry, excerpts from longer fiction or nonfiction. It's a great way to get to know other introverts without having to talk, and it's a great way to get your writing out there! In addition to writing, if you have any cool photos you've taken that you'd like to share, I would love to include those as well. I know a lot of people are traveling this summer and I know you've got cameras!

NCW is a great organization and I can't imagine how I would have started writing again if it hadn't been here. I was in a dark was a bank, actually, and to keep my job there without going crazy I basically numbed myself to any creative influences whatsoever. Then I found NCW and took a class or two and it made me think maybe it was still possible to write. That was the beginning for me of getting out of mediocre jobs that only took time away from what I really wanted to be doing. I'm in a much brighter place now, and when I think about it, I really don't know how that would have happened without the support and resources NCW has to offer.

Thus, a writing prompt is born: for the next newsletter, I would like to know how NCW has affected and influenced your life, in however many words you need.

You can send all of your newsletter items to me at Please send to me by the 11th of the month, which will be this Sunday.

What's your favorite part of the newsletter? How could it be better?

1 comment:

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Jennifer -- My favorite part of the newspaper is the announcements section where we find out who has finished a project, sent a first query, made a sale, etc. Members shouldn't be afraid to self-promote. It's an important part of our writerly life.

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