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If She Writes Has Meant Something To You, Please Support Me Today.

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on June 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 19 Comments

Dear She Writers,

Six years ago today, June 29th, Deborah Siegel and I opened the virtual doors of this community, She Writes. Our vision was simple: in the rapidly changing, head-spinningly complex world of publishing, writers--and women writers in particular--needed a place to come together to share what they were learning, be inspired, and gather information about the craft and the business of writing. We created, in other words, the thing we needed. In the beginning, I thought we were founding an online home for off-line communities we were already part of. But in our first week we went from 40 founding members to 1,000, and today, we have more than 26,000 worldwide. There are She Writers in Italy and South Africa, Arizona and Alaska, Mexico and Dubai. Our growth amazes me, especially…


First Line Catches the Reader

Posted by Dee Ann Waite on June 6, 2015 at 12:00pm 33 Comments

Ever hear the phrase The Early Bird Catches the Worm? The writer’s twist would be:

The First Line Catches the Reader

They--the seasoned writers and professionals--say that the first line of any story is the one that gets the reader’s attention and keeps them reading. Of course. Makes sense, right? But I’ve been finding that many indie authors are overlooking this very important lesson. I can’t tell you how many indie books I’ve been asked to read where the beginning of the book just totally didn’t do it for me. The only reason I continued on was because of my obligation to the author who asked me for an honest review. Often, much to my surprise, these book find their momentum and completely thrill me.

I work a daily exercise that I created for myself called First Lines. Each evening, after I’ve met my daily word count on my current novel, I open a little blue notebook titled NEW IDEAS and leaf through the hundreds of ideas that I’ve jotted…


The Art of Submission: A Confession

Posted by Emily Lackey on June 24, 2015 at 4:07am 0 Comments

Forgive me SheWriters for I have sinned.

It has been three months since my last submission. And, believe me, the hypocrisy of this—the fact that I haven't submitted my work in months and yet continue to give submission advice through this platform—is not lost on me. Every week I've scrambled, hours before my deadline, to think of something—anything—to share with you all about the process. Something I've learned, something I'm thinking about, something I'd like to be doing better. 

What are my reasons? Plenty. Because I haven't finished a new story in months. Because my old stories feel old and woven tightly with the doubt that comes from continuously being rejected. Because this is hard. Because I often question the legitimacy of my changes in this world without…


Dear Universe: Hi, It's Me Christina...

Posted by Christina Macaulay on June 4, 2015 at 8:30pm 2 Comments

So here we are . . . Scared to pieces about writing "The Book."  I wanna fully adopt that 'so-cool-don't-care-it's-there-deal-with-it' attitude.

If not for the questions inside.

If you're here you know them: Is it really any good? I mean, would anyone besides my family or close friend actually get past the first page and a) not be horrified or b) not wilt at the occasional (okay, borderline excessive) profanity and innuendo? (P.S. The  "innuendo" is what I am REALLY concerned about).

And finally . . .

Will my voice resonate with someone--anyone? Anyone? Will it make someone laugh? Like, out loud, can't help myself HAAA HAA HAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA laugh? Will it help? Feel good? Promote inclusion? A giggle? A chance to briefly commiserate, and maybe, just maybe give someone that ultimate escape, adventure, and hope?

I think so many of us write for the same reasons. It is like breathing.  We feel compelled.To recreate that feeling we have as…


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Do you know this Top 10 Foods for Healthy Bones

Bones are living thing and they need food so that they can grow and be healthy. Food contains nutrients that are used to replenish the bones. You should eat diet rich in several nutrients to keep your bones healthy. Examples of these nutrients include Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc.

These nutrients are required in specific quantities so that they can perform their functions. Insufficient intake of these nutrients can make your bones weak and prone to diseases such…

New Romance Novel Release -- Finding Love in Sweetwater Cove, PART 3

New Releases Announcement: 

Finding Love in Sweetwater Cove, PART 3, has been released on Amazon. 

See …

.cutting grass .

is hard this weather,
sloping garden, heat
and headache.

robin comes, alarming,
the nest nearby, we push
and shove the thing, watch
the swallow.

drag bags of cuttings,
look at the graves. rest

a while.

strange how the mood lifts,
this must be good

some how.


What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:

“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a…


Stop…and notice the beauty around you. A sunset. A flower. A child’s laughter. A good cup of coffee, even.

So often, we are in a hurry…all the time. Even when there’s nothing pressing we’re in a hurry because we’re so used to running around we forget how to slow down.

When I was in the grocery…


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