Saturday, August 31, 2019

Next meeting: September 7


Hope to see you Saturday, September 7, 10 am - noon

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


Don't walk your writing journey alone. Join us for encouragement, tips, and conversation, wherever you are on the writing road.
  • Be prepared to share your current status, writing goals, and effective habits that keep you at the keyboard. 
  • Members, please bring work for critique, as per the guidelines on our website.
Looking forward to Saturday,
Barbara
barbarahigbyhope.com
Image by hojun Kang from Pixabay 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Meeting this Saturday

august 3, 10 AM - NOON

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

  • Join us for an informal summer chat session.
  • Bring your writing questions, interests, discoveries, and projects and join the conversation.
  • Members are encouraged to bring work for critique.
Hope to see you there,
Barbara

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Reminder

JULY 13, 10 AM - NOON

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

  • Join us for an informal summer chat session.
  • Bring your writing questions, interests, discoveries, and projects and join the conversation.
  • Members are encouraged to bring work for critique.
Hope to see you there,
Barbara


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Next meeting - July 13

Due to the holiday, we will meet the second Saturday, not the first. 

JUly 13, 10 AM - NOON

Cornerstone Christian Church, Wyckoff 
In the Barn, 2nd building on the right


Join us for an informal summer chat session.

Bring your writing questions, interests, discoveries, and projects and join the conversation.

Leave focused & encouraged.

As usual, members are invited to bring work for critique.

Hope you can make it,
Barbara
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 


June's Focus Point

Best Marketing Consultant Ever!

Last month we discussed marketing and social media, reminding us that we can’t do it all! But how do we choose what we can do? I suggest three places to look:

  • Look at where you are in life. God orders our day and prepared in advance good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10). He doesn’t want us frantic, He wants us to trust Him to do beyond what we could ask or even think, so don’t pile on what the experts tell us we need to do. See what fits with your lifestyle today. Ask, if there’s a learning curve, do I have the time & energy to search it out?
  • Look at what appeals to you. When we quiet our hearts we will find that certain options rise to the surface—they just seem right. Follow that thread and let God’s peace serve as a referee in your heart. If that peace continues, don’t walk away from something hard—He will equip you.
  • Look to your marketing consultant. We hear so many voices generically telling us what we must do to be noticed, but we have the best marketing consultant ever. The Holy Spirit knows what is specifically best for us and we can trust Him to direct us.
Takeaway: My Marketing Consultant says, “I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Meeting this Saturday


June 1, 10 AM - noon

Cornerstone Christian Church, Wyckoff 
In the Barn, 2nd building on the right


Join us on Saturday and see if NJCWG is a fit for you.
All are welcome, wherever you are in your writing journey.

Hope to see you,
Barbara
May's Focus Point

When Writing = Obedience 

Write, def. #1: to form characters on a surface. We do this when we enter a date on our calendars, when we make a grocery list, when we journal. This is not the writing that brings us here today.

Write, def. #2: to compose, express, communicate. This is why we are here. It is not for ourselves—it is for others and, more importantly, it's in response to God’s prompting. 

I thought it would be a simple exercise to search the Bible for verses that tell us to "tell" but I found far more than I expected. Note the methods of telling and the forms of communication.
  • Isa. 58:1 - "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people.” (their rebellion and sins)
  • Ps. 145:4-7 - “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty… They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
  • Matt. 10:27 - “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”
  • Luke 4:18 (Jesus quoting Isa.61) – "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed."
  • John 15:26-27 - "When the Counselor comes… he will testify about me. And you also must testify...
  • Col. 1:28-29 - We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
  • Mark 16:15 - He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
  • 2 Tim. 4:2-3 - Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
  • Hab. 2:2 - "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”

And what do we plainly write?

  • From the verses above: sin, God’s works; His splendor, majesty, goodness and righteousness; His personal revelations to us; Jesus and the Good News; from Isa. 61: good news, freedom, recovery, and release from oppression.
  • Ps. 71:15-16 - My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts...
  • Acts 5:20 – When an angel opened the prison doors and released the apostles, he told them, "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life." 

Where do we proclaim, tell, preach, shout, speak? 

Some of us have “temple courts,” at least occasionally. We have modern tablets (or laptops) and pursue writing in devotionals, periodicals, or and books. We also have rooftops. Our rooftops are blogs, FB, Instagram, audio, video, and more. They are know as social media, but they are our platforms for proclamation. 

Takeaway: I will not shrink from God’s calling on my life, but proclaim, tell, write His message by the means available today.
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. (Col 1:28-29)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Meeting this Saturday


May 4, 10 am - noon

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

Join us on Saturday for 

An Open Conversation about Marketing


Image by narciso1 from Pixabay 
Bring your opinions, research, tips & experience with FB, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, surveys, video, guest blogging, and audio presentations.
Be prepared to add to the discussion and build your platform.

All are welcome - visit to see if NJCWG is a fit for you. 
Last month's Focus Point is below.
Barbara

Take Advantage of Counsel
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

I admire confident people who have a humble spirit. Humility is the difference between being confident and being cocky. Hopefully, one’s confidence stems from careful thought, thorough research, and wise input, which is the kind of confidence I want each of us to have as writers.

We give careful thought to our words. We research endless resources and comb through the truths of the Bible. We seek wise input through trusted advisers (such as in this group) and submit our work for critique.

We are well aware that the labor we exert in writing is not for ourselves but for our readers. We are not journaling—we’re writing to be read by others. This is why today’s topic is of value—it will teach us how to understand the needs of our readers. Their opinions will not to compromise our convictions, but hone the effectiveness of our presentation.

Proverbs 11:14 compliments the verse we just read—"For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” Our victory in writing is not measured by words on the page or hours at our computers. We are successful when others are encouraged, directed, informed—when we enable them to become more by reading our words.

We write for an audience of One… and also for those He draws to our writing.

Takeaway: Improving our listening skills will improve our writing skills.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Next Meeting: April 6

Let's try this again...

The Value of Surveys & How to Conduct Them
Presented by Shirley Blankson

How can a survey tune us in to our readers? 
How can we learn from the opinions of others? 
How can this positively affect our writing and our audience?

All writers are invited, regardless of writing experience. 

April 6, 10 am - noon
Cornerstone Christian Church, Wyckoff
In the Barn (2nd building on the right)

Our last meeting was canceled due to snow, but we don't expect a repeat performance! Please join us this Saturday,
Barbara