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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

Posted by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

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 particular style, form, or content.”

So if genre is a category of literary composition, what’s a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to “why genre matters” with the simple statement that genres are “a staple of the publishing world.” This characterizes what genre is better than the actual definition above because it speaks to…


[REALITY CHECK] Non-Writing Friends – and Why You Should Have Them

Posted by Zetta Brown on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Authors, I’m sorry to say, can be a fickle, thankless bunch.


When I started moving deeper in publishing circles as an author and a publisher, I began to meet a lot of wonderful authors, publishers, artists, and others in the industry. I like to say that I’m friends with many of them and even good friends with some of them.


But I also discovered there were authors who were no better than the cry babies and bullies from the schoolyard playground I thought I left behind decades ago. Some throw tantrums and make more demands than a Kardashian, while others take time out of their life to drum up a mob in order to bully or “destroy” another author.

I avoid those people and don't care to associate with them. I prefer not to court trouble.


Speaking as…


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

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on June 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 22 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…


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What Happens After "The End."

This past weekend, I finally finished my first novel. I got to write those two glorious words, "The End."


The manuscript is off to my writers group where I will get notes on it next month, and in the meantime, well, I'll just lie on the deck sipping lemonade and listening to the birds chirp in the cool calm of the morning...


I'll research agents, polish my query letter and embark on the roller-coaster that is trying to get a first novel…

How Long?

Is there someone in your life that you haven’t spoken to in awhile- after having a silly disagreement?

Maybe it was an argument years ago- nobody eve n remembers what it was about, you just know you’re angry about it and so-and-so never should have said or done what they did.

But still it goes on-…

YOUR Story

 If you're going to write a book, you should write about something that you're interested in.

 You should write something you want to write about. You write for your readers, but you write for yourself more than anything. When you wake up in the morning you should be excited about writing. And you have that crave to write. If you're not interesting in what you're writing, you won't be so ecstatic to write which will put a damp on your work. Writing is supposed to be…

My Writing Struggles

 Lately, I've had serious writer's block. At least, I've been calling it writer's block. It's really called procrastinating.

 As you know, I'm homeschooled. But what you don't know is that I do school year-round, so I'm currently still in school, finishing out my senior year until the end of this year, or sooner, depending on when I finish up the last of my subjects. I'm hoping to finish sooner to have some time off, so lately I've been doing a lot of school and not a lot of…

Fictional Romance writers - how do you organise your plot timelines?

For the Scrivener fictional writer and authors out there

How many of you use Aeon Timeline with Scrivener?…


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