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Noticing Newbies: January 25, 2023 Issue [#11776]

 This week: Your Writing Trigger
  Edited by: JACE
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter

Hi, I'm JACE .

Welcome to this issue of the Noticing Newbies newsletter. Join me as I take you into some nooks and crannies of Writing.Com that you may not have found time to check out yet. This newsletter is about and for you. And for you seasoned members, I hope you'll find something you can take from my ramblings. *Smile*

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Letter from the editor

Some years ago, I heard a sermon about God’s outrage being stimulated, whether against the Israelites (worshiping a golden calf) or against Pharoah (for not letting his people go). I know not everyone who reads this column may be a Christian, but please bear with me. Read the papers; watch the evening news. They’re full of examples of someone getting angry at someone else.

Now folks talk about being triggered—a specific event that causes one’s anger to be manifested. Have you never been “outraged” at some incident you perceived was perpetrated against you? How did you handle it? I tend to write about it (though I may not put that response out for public consumption).

Lately I’ve seen a few examples of folks railing in one of the help forums against some perceived injustice. I’ve also seen the WDC community come together to try and rectify that injustice. It is okay to ask for help when needed. It’s even encouraged.

We’re a community. A writing community--one of folks brought together around a love for writing, in my opinion. We express ourselves through the written word. We, perhaps more than most folks, know the power of words to heal … or to hurt.

Today’s world is full of examples that hurt. It’s just way too pervasive. Maybe it has always been this way and I’m just beginning to see in my old(er) age. Nah, I prefer to see the positivity in life.

Writing.com marks the beginning of each year with the January "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest. While only paid members are eligible for the prizes offered in this contest, every member is encouraged to take stock of his or her life situation and plan their writing direction for the coming year.
What is the trigger for your writing? Where do you hope to be on your writing journey by year’s end? As a writing community, I believe we’re a positive lot. And I see that overwhelmingly in our help forums and groups—people helping people.

By the time this newsletter is published, there’ll be a bit less than a week remaining to enter the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest. It’s time to consider how you want this year in your writing life to look.

I look forward to reading your thoughts on the subject. Happy New Year, and best of luck on all your writing endeavors.

Editor's Picks

Check out this forum designed to assist Newbies.
Noticing Newbies  (13+)
A warm welcome to our newbies; come meet new and not-so-new members of Writing.Com!
#126963 by The StoryMistress

Normally I'd feature selected writings from Newbies here. But in keeping with the newsletter's subject, I'm featuring some Dear Me letters from various members. If you'd like to read more such letters, just select Browse By Type --> click on Static Items and type Dear Me in the filter box.

 Dear Me  (E)
A letter to myself to remind me of 2023 goals
#2288910 by LorettaL

Me, Myself and I - 2023  (E)
a Dear Me letter
#2287801 by AmyJo- only 2 steps behind -

 Dear Me 2023  (E)
WDC January
#2287715 by LightinMind

The Best of Me in '23 (Dear Me)  (E)
I'm not the best of any one thing, but I will seek to be the best of me.
#2288646 by Cubby

 Dear Me: No More Stasis  (13+)
A letter to me in 2023.
#2287978 by S.W. Grey

 Dear Me (2023)  (E)
entry for the Dear Me contest in 01/2023
#2288135 by Sorji

Now go and write your own letter.

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Ask & Answer

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From the Newsfeed:

From Mousethyme I came here the first time just looking to commune with fellow writers. Now I have come looking for help.


From Naomi I am here to be a part of the whole and I believe that no man or woman is an island. This awesome community proved to me that this is composed of writers or authors who are most willing and able to help, to share their knowledge and heartily gives the needed assistance anytime, all the time, and with that I am forever grateful that I belong here
It is a matter of ask and it shall be given, knock and the door will be opened to you.
Happy New Year Everyone!


From Jimminycritic : Help. Lots of help. I've improved immensely, but still have a lot of room for continued improvement.


From TheBusmanPoet : I'm more a go it alone type but not 100%. I will listen and read good advice when given. Just gives me a smaller option if I need to go to. I enjoy interacting on the news feed but I've always be one to go it alone. I'll usually ask for help when I'm not sure or have a question about a certain kind of writing or with Wdc. Can I improve to be a better writer? Of course but it's more of a personal journey of how I see things through my eyes. I do the best I can and that's all anyone can ask for.


From Starling : Hello all, If you need a bit of help you can say something here. If you want to email me with questions please do. Let me know you are a newbie and I will be glad to help where I can. Ok, saying that I am willing to help anyone whether they are you are a newbie or been here for years. Just ask. By the way, Happy New Year everyone. Hope it the best. Jane


From Jay O'Toole : Friendship is so important to me. My WDC friends have already helped me grow as a writer. Before WDC I had never attempted to write a book, but this is where I learned about NaNoWriMo. 🇺🇸 Carol St.Ann 🇺🇸 has helped me greatly as a novelist. I still have room to grow with five rough drafts in the hopper. I learn, even from those, who don’t agree with me philosophically. I don’t know all things, but I think I’m growing to speak my mind with both confidence and grace. If I have offended anyone by being without grace, I am sorry for that.

Christmas is a subject, that has taken the focus of my mind for the past nine years, since I finally chose to like something and Someone for myself after years of people-pleasing. Even then I have grown in my understanding of the historicity of the celebration of Christmas, and all of its Meaning. Different viewpoints have caused me to think things through deeply. I believe, that true faith must always be married to thought, like the Christians in the town of Berea. It would frighten me to live without both in tandem.


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