The week in newsletters - Don’t say no to your ideas

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This issue, we have reading recommendations, inspiration, and writing advice from Anna Scholz and Adena Jones. We’ll also hear Colin Wright talk about newsletters. Finally, we’ll explain where you can find the most-shared articles by people you follow, on Twitter. 
read + recommendations
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions about what they like to read.
Our first guest is Anna Scholz. She’s a freelance podcast producer and journalist, formerly at NOZ, a German regional newspaper. She’s also written for Bento, Mit Vergnügen, and Gründerszene, and is currently writing for the Spotify podcast Wissen Weekly. She runs the newsletter Verve Letter.
📸: Susi Baumann
📸: Susi Baumann
What’s the thing you’ve bookmarked, you know you need to read, and are excited to read?
This piece on how not getting enough sleep is a political injustice. That’s definitely a take I haven’t heard yet and I can’t wait to dive in. (I actually pulled it out of Ann Friedman’s weekly newsletter, one of my go-to resources for great recommendations).
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
When I’m in an existential writing crisis: Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. If I’m stuck with a piece: Anne Helen Petersen’s Culture Study newsletter. I admire the way Petersen knits together super smart social and political criticism and personal essays.
You’re at the newsstand and have decided you’re leaving with four magazines. What are you picking up? (from any era, be as oddly specific as possible).
The current issue of The New Yorker which I’ll never get around to reading, the Oceanographic Magazine to put on my coffee table, the New York Times issue from October 5th, 2017 (#MeToo), and any paper which had detailed Titanic coverage in April 1912.
What’s the thing you read when you need to feel something?
Fleabag, again. But also Emilie Pine’s essay collection Notes to Self, Helena Fitzgerald’s column Griefbacon or John Green’s YA novels.
What newsletters have you continued to happily subscribe to?
Too many! But the ones that I open every single time include: Anne Helen Petersen’s Culture Study, Casey Johnston’s She’s A Beast, Lyz Lenz’s Men Yell at Me, Caroline Criado-Perez’s Invisible Women and the newest addition to this list: Farrah Storr’s Things Worth Knowing. Oh, and my favorite German author, Daniel Schreiber, is about to launch his own newsletter called Dear Daniel, which I cannot wait to read.
What’s the best thing you’ve read this month?
What White Men Say in Our Absence’ by Elaine Hsieh Chou for The Cut. A truly harrowing, well researched, personal piece about violence against Asian women.
Who’s the Twitter follow that hasn’t let you down, since the beginning?
The one account that keeps me sane on Twitter is @dog_rates. 12/10.
newsletter time
Every other week, we’ll include an established Revue newsletter (established = at least a year old or 60+ issues). 
Colin Wright's Newsletter
Amid several other projects, Colin has been publishing his newsletter on Revue for over two years. We asked Colin to offer some tips for keeping a newsletter going, in 280 characters or less:
Write on topics you care about, set a sustainable pace, and aim to build valuable relationships with the folks on the other end of your missives. Recognize that it’ll take some time to find your voice, and allow your voice and format to change as you learn and grow.
write + inspiration
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions and give their perspective on writing.
Adena Jones is a writer, producer, editor, sports media veteran, and tortured New York Knicks fan. She is the marketing lead for sports and gaming at Twitter. 
📸: @DayDreamTCreations
📸: @DayDreamTCreations
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
Autobiographies are my favorite to read. I love to hear things in that person’s voice. Most recently I read Michelle Obama and Phil Knight’s autobiographies and both books remind me to speak like myself and speak my truth. I also have books with quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali that spark writing ideas for me. They are my writing prompts
How are you different, as a writer and an editor?
I’m more organized as an editor because there are so many checks and balances one piece has to go through. A piece may publish on April 30th but it has to be filed on April 15th due to the two weeks of edits (copy desk, legal, photo, programmers, etc.). When I was a writer I’d cram in lots of interviews, procrastinate on transcribing for weeks, then turn my piece in at 11:59 pm on deadline days and have a bunch of drinks. Apologies to all my editors. Also not saying writers aren’t organized either because reporting and researching is exhausting. 
Who do you think really knows how to do a newsletter?
Henry Abbott and the TrueHoop family have nailed the art of the newsletter. They deliver consistent, quality, in-depth content. You won’t find their POV anywhere else on the web. Plus Henry is just hilarious. 
What’s your one tip (that doesn’t get discussed enough) for a writer wanting to become an editor?
Don’t think of becoming an editor as being silenced. It’s actually your chance to really affect the stories that are put out into the world. You shape the daily publication. However, you will still have to pitch stories and convince the rest of the edit team to run your story. The convincing and fighting for stories never stops.  
Having experienced both the long and short form writing world, from newsrooms to social-media teams, which skill do you think has gotten the sharpest?
My social voice and sense of what will work on social media has gotten sharpest. I mean, I literally work for a social platform now (all thanks to MY GAWD). When I’m asked to write columns it feels like dusting cobwebs off my fingers. But once I get going, I’m back like I never left. Shoot, even writing this I’m like “Is it time to insert a random emoji or GIF yet?”
What’s a piece of writing advice for going long?
Put it all out there. Brain dump all the information you have and don’t say no to your ideas before they leave your fingertips. Once you have all your thoughts out there, look in between the words and see where you can draw a better picture. Is there a detail you assume the reader knows? Don’t assume and spell it out for them. This will help you go longer for a fuller experience. 
What’s a piece of writing advice for going short?
Stop all the throat clearing, no one needs to hear a preamble before you get to your idea. Just say it. Aim for one descriptive word that eliminates using four or five other words. Also think about those little details that you love and kill them. Sorry, not sorry. 
#TwitterTime
Each week, in addition to hearing from writers, we’ll also give an update about what we’re doing for readers and writers at Twitter.
A few weeks back, we talked about Ad-free Articles, part of Twitter’s first premium features subscription, Twitter Blue (currently available in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). But Twitter Blue has another feature readers really should know about: Top Articles
Top Articles is a shortcut to the content you want to read — it collects the most-shared articles from people you follow. And, because people asked for it, we recently rolled out an update that lets you filter articles into a set timeframe of 1, 2, 3, 8, or 24 hours. 
Scroll through the stories, see who Tweeted them, and get reading.
Find out how to sign up for Twitter Blue here
wrap up
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See you next time,
Anna
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