Ordinarily, newspaper writing is not my style of writing. Bare facts, plain words, current events … to me those requirements look like a list of how to make writing not fun.
But newspapers can be a relatively easy way to get your name in print, I have discovered. See? I am now published:
My writer’s course assigned me to write an article for my local newspaper. I was pretty nervous about it -- it wasn’t easy to find a story and then, since I’m shy, interviewing and researching took me out of my comfort zone. The article wasn’t perfect, but the newspaper editor was very receptive, happy to publish it, and was interested in other things I might do!
Basically, my article was about a fundraiser held by a church that my family visits. Here’s the first line: “While garage-salers are out and about on Saturday, April 6, Hope Ministries is going to be on the lot next to their church … cooking food for their youth group to sell.”
I thank God that He’s brought all this together, because I’d never have done it on my own, either without the writer’s course assigning me or with my own teaspoonful of courage.
For other “news,” I’m formatting Six Cousins for CreateSpace! It’s so cool to see it in book-sized pages. I’m also giving it a thorough edit -- sometimes I feel rather ruthless, but I really need to lessen the page count. :-)