Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Ready for a meeting this Saturday?


August 1, 10 am - noon

Cornerstone Christian Church, Wyckoff
2nd floor of the Barn (2nd building on the right) 

Why? Because...

How ever busy you've been, whatever you've accomplished (or not), we're writers... so let's get together and talk. It will be an informal summer meeting where you can encourage others and receive encouragement on your writing journey.

Please RSVP so I can request a room change if there are many of us. We want to be able to socially distance ourselves.

Members, bring something for critique (following the guidelines on our web page).

Looking forward to seeing you again,
Barbara

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

No meeting in July

Sorry, folks, we won't be meeting this month, but KEEP WRITING!


  • Tentatively plan on an informal meeting on August 1 - just a time to connect & share. Be sure to bring something for critique!
  • We'll be up and running on September 12 (2nd Saturday due to Labor Day weekend).
You have a gift - you have a computer - you'll never have the time - so write now!

Blessings to all you creatives,
Barbara
barbarahigby.com 

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

address correction

Please note the corrected email address for NJCWG below.

MEETING REMOTELY JUNE 6, 10 AM 

Image by Jagrit Parajuli from Pixabay 

Story—the long and short of it

Whether it's a long rendition in a memoir, or a short anecdote in an article, our stories have merit—when they're effectively told. Enter the discussion on Zoom this Saturday. 

Join the meeting: If you've not received an invitation to join, please email Susan at [corrected address] njcwgroup@gmail.com and she'll send you a login link.

Critiques: members are invited to submit critiques by 6 pm Thursday evening. Nothing will be accepted later. Please follow guidelines on our web-page. 

Hope to see you online,

Barbara
barbarahigby.com

Monday, June 01, 2020

Join us on Zoom

Meeting remotely June 6, 10 am 

Image by Jagrit Parajuli from Pixabay 

Story—the long and short of it

Whether it's a long rendition in a memoir, or a short anecdote in an article, our stories have meritwhen they're effectively told. Enter the discussion on Zoom this Saturday. 
Join the meeting: If you've not received an invitation to join, please email Susan at njcwg@gmail.com and she'll send you login link.
Critiques: members are invited to submit critiques by 6 pm Thursday evening. Nothing will be accepted later. Please follow guidelines on our web-page
Hope to see you online,
Barbara
barbarahigby.com

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Let's meet remotely

This Saturday, May 4 at 10 am. Are you in? 

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

Apparently, it's child's play...

But we do need to send you an invite to log in
so please email Susan at njcwg@gmail.com
and she will include you as a participant.
Hope to see you online,
Barbara

Thursday, March 26, 2020

No meeting in April.

We hope to meet in May, but it may be June - I'll keep you posted. 
Last month's Focus Point is below. 
Market, write, research - keep your vision alive!

We may not have retreated to the era depicted in this image, but we've certainly slowed down.
Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay 
I hope less demands on your time means you're writing! Honestly, I'm have difficulty getting motivated. I'm keeping up with my blog and wrote an article for Tri-State Voice (here), but when it comes to my writing project I've not done much more than open the document. But that's yesterday. It's a new day and, with rain in the forecast, I will write. There, I've made myself accountable!

Kudos to Bob for asking me about some periodical markets. How about you? Shake off the lethargy, flex those fingers, and commit your brilliance to the page.

Be a blessing,
Barbara
barbarahigby.com

April's Focus Point

Let’s Talk about… Marketing Wisdom

Marketing seems to be the Achilles heel of many writers, at least it is in this room. We suffer from lack of knowledge, lack of direction, lack of courage—perhaps all three. Our discussion today will open a variety of possibilities and trigger many good ideas. What will we do with them? How will we sort through them and decide which avenues are right for us?

As I maneuver through the marketing labyrinth, I’ve depended on Isaiah 48:17:

This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: 
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, 
who directs you in the way you should go.” 

I look to the marketing experts—and there are many, with many methods and inspiring ideas, but I cannot and will not implement them all. The incredible blessing for us as Christian writers is the promise of James 1:5:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, 
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 

In the governing of our lives, the exercise of our writing, and the necessity of our marketing, God will give us direction and wisdom.

Take-home thought: I will glean from the experts but follow God’s direction for what is best for me.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Meeting this Saturday

Let's talk about... 

MARKETING


March 7, 10 AM - noon
Cornerstone Christian Church, Wyckoff 
In the Barn (2nd building on the right)

Pasquale Russo will present on the topic of marketing, an eagerly awaited discussion. Bring your personal comments, experiences, and questions. Identify the next step to move your writing project forward.

Guests are welcome, both novices and seasoned writers.
Critiquing is available for members - please adhere to the guidelines on our website.

Looking forward to Saturday,
Barbara
barbarahigby.com

February's Focus Point

Why Should We Care if our Writing is Tight?

We "write tight" to present our best work to our readers, but why should we care? Why do we labor over multiple edits, offer our work for critique, and rewrite what seemed fine the first draft?

There’s only one reason—because we want to be read. I’ve said it so often, you should be able to finish this sentence for me: “If you don’t want to be read, just journal.”

I can be impatient positioning my words, crocheting around a basic point, couching my thoughts just so, but as we’ll discuss later, it’s necessary if we want to be read and have our words received. To write relevantly, we also need to know our audience and understand how they most readily receive instruction or engage with works of fiction. This may seem a little compromising but listen to Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:20-23:
“To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law…so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the…so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (italics mine).
It is for the sake of the truth we present that we do our best to be read and received by others. People do not want to read loosely written work or go down rabbit trails or turn on their internal editor as they read. We never compromise the truth, but we write with integrity that produces our best work and prioritizes the truth of the Gospel.

Do we need to write tight? Yes. Do we need to check our grammar, use our thesaurus, rework run-on sentences? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Take-home thought: I will write well so my words will be read and my readers will embrace the truth they tell.