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When The Line Becomes A Circle

Posted by Anne Leigh Parrish on September 2, 2015 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

In my new novel, What Is Found, What Is Lost, one of the main protagonists (there are four) reflects that “time was a loop, from now to then and back again.”  Freddie, who changed her name at age twenty-one, and moved Heaven and earth to put a troubled past behind her, finds that the past always lays claim sooner or later.  She has no choice but to accept this, and navigates as best as she can.

Today I find that’s it not so much the past that cannot be escaped, but essential truths, immutable facets of ourselves, the starting point, or what V.S. Naipaul called “the center.”

It’s tempting to think of one’s career as following a straight line – a logical series of steps.  One “climbs the ladder” to “get to the top.”  I have to believe that a lot of careers are built exactly this way.  One achievement makes way for the next bigger one, and so on.

Not so with writing – my writing, that is.  For me it’s like spending decades…

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Writing Tip: Be Careful, Don't Overuse Uncommon Gestures and Actions

Posted by Maria Murnane on August 24, 2015 at 7:30am 2 Comments

I recently read a novel in which multiple people winked at the protagonist in the opening pages. I found this quite odd. When was the last time someone winked at you? When was the last time more than one person winked at you? I don't think anyone has ever winked at me. 

As I read on, the winking continued, and soon it was joined by a lot of giggling, which also jumped out at me because everyone in the story was an adult, and I don't know many adults who giggle. But on it went, and by the end of the book I was so tired of the winking and the giggling that I had my Kindle count how many times each appeared in the book.

The tally? There were 35 winks and 44 giggles in a story that takes place over a few weeks. That's a lot of winking and giggling­, especially in a book that I don't think was…

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Announcing: Elizabeth Gilbert Live event + exclusive discount

Posted by Kristin Bustamante on August 25, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

We have exciting news for the She Writes community! 

She Writes has joined Albert Flynn DeSilver and BrilliantWriter.com to present:

Elizabeth Gilbert Live 

This one-day workshop is being held on November 7, 2015, in Napa Valley, CA. Join us and hear from Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love.  

She Writes members get 10% off the ticket price!

Register today! This event will definitely sell out. ALL She Writes members are eligible for 10% off the normal ticket price. It's as easy as 1-2-3:

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Avoid This Marketing No-No

Posted by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am 10 Comments

Yesterday I received a bulk email from an acquaintance about a book his son had recently self-published. The well-crafted, perfectly appropriate message explained that the son had asked his father to forward a note, written by the son, about the book. The father, conscious of spamming his friends, threw in a line about how any parent would do the same for his kid. He also said that his son was a lot funnier than he was.

Who could blame the man for helping out his son? I certainly couldn't. He also used blind copy in the email, a nice touch in my opinion. 

The forwarded note from the son, however, raised the hair on the back of my neck. In it he explicitly asks people to post a review of his book on Amazon, regardless of whether or not they had or planned to read…

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