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Noticing Newbies: January 09, 2019 Issue [#9322]

 This week: What Type of Writing Do You Choose?
  Edited by: Brooke
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Table of Contents

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
7. Removal instructions

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Letter from the editor

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein

Great feedback to last month's topic. Surprised me! You guys rock because your thoughts are super helpful to those that are running contests and want to create content to inspire you. That would be me! I love to create writing and reviewing challenges and due to waning interest, well, I stopped creating them as much. Sad, right? I chastise myself for not writing but what I am not doing most is not CREATING. This is a very dangerous slump to get into my friends. Creative people have to create. Did you know that? Maybe you did. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt with that one. Creatives like myself who don't create I've noticed get depressed. I equate this to a system backing up sort of like a non-maintained toilet. Eww, wait. Let's me not compare my brain to a septic system. Let's try that again. A faucet maybe? You gotta let that pressure out. If not, well, it backs up. That can't be good, right?

So, this is why I've accepted a challenge from Jeff and taken the plunge back into writing. What I'd really like to see though is what you're writing. You are writing, right? If not, your brain will swell and possibly explode and well, that's just plain nasty. So let's review, this is what we've learned so far.

"What Prizes Are You Wishing For in 2019? shows us what you really want when entering writing challenges:
         *Star* Reviews! I want helpful, in-depth reviews!

Prior to that poll, I asked "Writing Prompt Poll and you responded:
         *Star* Singular prompt with only a setting OR character OR plot point.

Now I'm curious what type of writing is the most popular. Can you help me by voting?

I'm curious ... if you had to choose one type of writing as your favorite. This means the one you can't live without writing. What would it be? Choose wisely!
      Poetry (Free Form, Traditional Form, Rhyme or lyrical content)
      Non-Fiction (Essay, Memoir, etc.)
      Short Story: Fiction (Flash, Micro, etc.)
      Interactive (including Campfires)
      Prose (no metrical structure/can be stream of consciousness writing)
      Novels - Fiction
      Novels - Nonfiction
      Blogging (Journaling in general in any form)
      Other - please write and tell me!

Also, before I go, I'd like to segway into a comment I received from a reader.

From Scifiwizard
"I would like to see the editor's view on how Interactive Stories help or hurt a writer's developing skills."

Well, I can only speak from my experience but I would like to say, writing is good. Writing in any form is practice and will improve skills over time but Interactive stories add another layer of challenge (again, in my opinion). Writing on your own, you can alter, edit, and add details at will. When you're interacting with another writer or a group of writers, it's game on friends. You have to be on your toes as your character could be thrown into any situation and you just have to roll with it. If that doesn't make you grow as a writer, well, I don't know what will.

What do YOU think? Write in and share your thoughts!

Write and Review on! ~ Brooke

Editor's Picks

Let's welcome these new members with a respectful and encouraging review of their work.

 Fake, False, Fiction  [E]
Just a look at how I write.
by Avery Creon


 Foggy Night  [E]
Poem about feeling lonely.
by GirlWithAPen


 A voice from a lost Angel  [ASR]
Entry into the Dialogue 500 contest.
by Apologue


 Luna  [E]
A tale of a German Shepard who goes on a journey to find a sense of belonging and love.
by J.Pickett


 The Power of a Home  [E]
a narrative about a place that had a big impact on me
by tbap


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by A Guest Visitor


 In League with Faith  [E]
A teenage girl starts changing into a vampire. What will she do?
by lostwriter


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Ask & Answer

I received some wonderful feedback to my last newsletter [#9274] "Goodbye 2018 and I'm proud to share it with you.

From Scifiwizard
It would like to see the editor's view on how Interactive Stories help or hurt a writer's developing skills.

I have addressed your question above in my editorial. Thanks for writing in!

From Caerlynn (Away)
One of the reasons I came to WDC was for useful reviews. I find that most people don't read anything longer than a poem and the feedback for them is often just "fluff." No offense intended to anyone because I am happy to hear when someone enjoys anything I've written. I would much rather have real honest critiques of my stories. In other words, I want to improve my writing. Teach me something.

I think we have some very talented reviewers here but sadly, I think some work gets lost in the shuffle. Have you tried review forums? That might get you some helpful and more in-depth reviews.

From the Wordy Jay
Definitely prizes! If the prizes are drool-worthy, then, by all means, bring on the prompt! *Smirk2* *Laugh*

Y'know, I've always seen prompts as the dragon to be slain in order to get to the gold (prizes). Before reading your newsletter, it had never occurred to me that there might be folks out there who favour one contest over another based on its given prompt. Thanks for expanding my perspective, Brooke — it's good to know that not everyone is a "mercenary" like myself! *Bigsmile*

I love your honesty. *Laugh* I find myself reading the prompt first, then checking out the prizes second. I guess I don't seek the gold as much as the challenge. *ThumbsUpL*

From Jenstrying
This was very helpful as I'd never really sat and thought about any of your questions. I just did things. I am guilty of wanting some kind of shiny once I am done with my writing, some kind of reward. And your prompts question goes with the Short Story Newsletter about using music to inspire you. I enjoy using the music prompts on here as well.

That's good to know. I have written a couple of my best stories after being inspired by a song so I totally get that! I'm glad the editorial sparked some insightful thoughts. Thanks for sharing! :)

From 🎼 RRodgersWrites 🎶
In response to your follow-up question, for me, both the GPs and the MBs make a contest more attractive. The Gift Points are great to roll into other things down the road, but there's something special about the Merit Badges. I think I weight them more than 50%.
Ruth Rodgers

Oh, I totally agree. I'm not quite as obsessive as one of my friends but I do love the excitement when I get a new merit badge that I didn't have before. *Cool*

From LadyGreen
I love getting prizes, but the main thing that inspires me is the prompts :) There's so many different kinds and so many stories just waiting to be written!

I agree! It's always the prompt for me that decides if I engage. The prizes are just the cherry on top of the sundae. *IceCreamB*

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