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ShePublishes: A Celebratory Giveaway

Added by Sarah Pinneo on January 22, 2012…


Added by Mary Keating on January 31, 2012 at 8:44pm — No Comments

New Year's Eve (A Memoir)


Added by Collene Anderson on January 31, 2012 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Hey, cupcake!

Katherine Heigl = Stephanie Plum?  

Folks, here's what I…


Added by Karen Burgess on January 31, 2012 at 7:25pm — No Comments

15 Reasons to Write Fiction

Last September Dwight Garner published an essay in the New York Times Sunday Magazine where he grouses about certain authors (Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Donna Tartt, Michael Chabon, et al.) who, in his view, go “too long” between books.


Here he’s complaining about not enough books when imho far too many books are being written and…


Added by Karen Burns on January 31, 2012 at 6:46pm — 9 Comments

Electrifying Winners!

What electrifies me? You! I have been utterly, deeply inspired and moved by the response to my book giveaway. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your passions, for sharing what makes you tick as writers and women, for giving me windows into your lives, into your fiery, electric hearts. I so loved reading about how you are inspired by truth, by connection, by food, by the body, by nature, by…


Added by gayle brandeis on January 31, 2012 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

I'm Not Writing

It is January again, and if I ever tested my own hypothesis, I would find, I'm sure, that my productivity graph (writing-wise) reaches its nadir  at this time each year.  Perhaps it is the task of writing the inescapable Christmas letter that looms over the entire months of November and December. Or the Advent Devotional that does the same thing for October and November. Perhaps it is all the communication  that accompanies the season: eggnog parties and cookie parties and tree-trimming…


Added by Mary McElveen on January 31, 2012 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Moved Already? Find me at christinechristman.wordpress.com

Yes, I've moved my blog to christinechristman.wordpress.com.  You can find me there at "My Literary Playground".  I'll still be sending tweets and posting new messages in my later activity.


Added by Christine Christman on January 31, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

the man in the truck


i got sick of all these websites online that wanted women to comment about their hair or about celebrities like steven spielberg's wife or tom hank's wife.  i pushed my computer away and thought to myself how i felt my most comfortable when  i was around other people, listening to them talk, but doing stuff on my own.  i always tensed up around people, needed to perform, asked…


Added by Tracy Elizabeth on January 31, 2012 at 11:56am — No Comments

ShePublishes: A Celebratory Giveaway

The Adventures of a Query Queen

By Sarah Pinneo

Today it is finally true. After years of work, two manuscripts, and who knows how many queries, my novel hits bookstore shelves, published by Plume, an imprint of Penguin USA.

Julia's Child is a Cinderella story about a mom who wants very much to see…


Added by Sarah Pinneo on January 31, 2012 at 9:24am — 48 Comments

A Quick Hello.

Hello everyone. My name is Collene Anderson. I just wanted to post a welcome to everyone on SheWrites.com. I am here to learn and grow and expand my horizons of what it means to be a writer. I am a humble beginner in world of literature. I am currently in my second semester of a Creative Writing course at Miami Dade College. My professor, Michael Hettich is an exquisite writer and poet. He is a large part of the inspiration I've felt to explore my capabilities in the craft. I am very much…


Added by Collene Anderson on January 31, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

You know more than you think you do

A smart way to get the word out about your book is to position yourself as an expert in a particular subject. You can write a regular blog, contribute articles to magazines and websites, speak at events, and even make yourself available to the press to help with their stories.

However, when I suggest this approach to authors I'm often surprised at the response, which is usually something…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Success as Change


Added by Hope A. Perlman on January 31, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments

Graphing Love's Course (Poem)

Today's new poem is "Graphing Love's Course":


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 31, 2012 at 7:15am — No Comments

Shalom to your mother!

Blacks and Jews: It's Complicated

Added by Julie Z. Rosenberg on January 31, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

What? It's possible to keep writing after a kid?

The first ever writing retreat I attended was in 2002. I’d been married for five years, had a poetry chapbook published the previous year, my husband was applying for business school, and we had just broached the subject of having kids once he had earned his MBA.


At the retreat, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the organizers, Christina Daub, about being a writing parent. While Tina was not the first poet I’d ever met who had to juggle writing with parenting, she is…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on January 31, 2012 at 5:38am — 2 Comments

Does God play favorites?

Did you ever wonder if God plays favorites? Have you looked around at others' lives and the blessings they've received and felt forgotten?If so, follow this link to my vlog on the subject and get some answers!

Added by Renee Ann Smith on January 31, 2012 at 3:02am — No Comments

:: the lady ::

she sits counting,


looking at each note

in particular.


flattens them


edge to edge



and does the crossword

in the feathers hotel.

Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on January 31, 2012 at 1:18am — No Comments

12 x 12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge



Added by Vivian Kirkfield on January 30, 2012 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Fragments Under Glass

When I do interviews or visit with book clubs, people often ask how I could write about an elderly woman in The Silence of Trees with such authenticity.

Sometimes I answer with a variation of, “She’s certainly inspired by people I’ve known.” This is true, but…

Other times I give the more esoteric (but slightly more honest in my opinion) answer of , “I don’t…


Added by Valya Dudycz Lupescu on January 30, 2012 at 9:56pm — No Comments

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