The purpose of news is to answer one question: "What's happening?" The best news is impartial, informative, and helps you determine your own opinion on a given topic.
For the writer, it's almost as important as putting pen to paper. How else do you find out about new books, valuable writing techniques, training, conferences, contests, and local groups? Best of all, you can find out about new gadgets and technology that are fun, yes, but could possibly help you streamline your writing process...or at least make it easier to sit down to the task at hand.
Find a good writing news site, blog, or twitter feed and subscribe to it. You don't have to look at it every day but it's good to have around. Just make sure it's reputable and free of unnecessary drama.
If you need help getting started, here's a few of my favorite news gathering points:
- Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
- Writer Beware
- The Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- Alltop Writing News
- New York Times Writing Topics
What fun, writerly things has a good news piece brought to you? Feel free to share in the comments!