Featured Blog Posts – May 2012 Archive (44)

Not the Same Old Carnival

It’s probably a bit of a cliché by now - a Caribbean novel with scenes of Carnival - but Carnival was such an important part of my childhood, and especially of summer, that it’s bound to sneak in when I'm writing about summer in Antigua. If you come to Antigua between the months of June and early August, you'll find that much of the radio talk, music, and energy there are directed at Carnival. Well, Carnival and politics - but once you begin to understand the lingo, you’ll understand that…


Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on May 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Misuse of "myself"

A while back, I wrote a fun blog post called The Plural of Book is Not Book's, and since then, She Writes members from all over have been sending me their own grammar pet peeves. I love reading them because they prove I'm not alone in my quest to make the world a better place by eliminating one grammatical error at a time.

One of the most common messages I get is about the misuse of…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 29, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments

Summer Writers Workshops and Retreats - 5 tips to help you choose

Kids might dream about summer camp, but if you’re a writer you’re likely thinking about summer writers retreats, conferences, and workshops. They’re a perfect opportunity to escape your home office, explore a beautiful natural setting, make new writing pals, and invest in your writing craft. And, like summer camps for kids, they’re great fun. Here’s what to look for when choosing a summer writers workshop, conference, or retreat...…


Added by Michele Peterson on May 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Hot Fun in the Summertime

When the temperature crawls above 80 degrees and the trees turn deep vibrant green, the seasonal songs of my youth start rolling through my head. One of my favorites is “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” by Sly and the Family Stone. The title says it all. Summer is…


Added by Sally Whitney on May 27, 2012 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

A Method for Revising "Flash"

On this final day as guest editor at SheWrites, I’d like to suggest a method for revision, a process you must undertake if you eventually want to publish your “flash” fiction and nonfiction. This comes from an excerpt of an article in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide for Writing Flash Fiction (http://www.rosemetalpress.com/Catalog/Field%20Guide_more.html) entitled “Editing and Revising Flash…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 26, 2012 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Flash: Lose the Critic and Find the Strength

Writing fast and furious is the goal in “flash” fiction and nonfiction because by doing so you outrun that pesky little character called your “inner critic,” which is that mean and shaming voice in your head that tells you everything you write is stupid and not worth the time,…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 25, 2012 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Write Outside the Box

If you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere, then June is announced with the closing of school doors, the splashing of pool water, and the silencing of the computer keyboard.

Our bodies? Outside.

Our minds? Stuck somewhere in between pages of pool-side books and margarita-filled glasses.

Our writing? On the backburner, waiting to spring to life--maybe sometime in early September.

So why is this the time of year to push our minds to think and write outside of…


Added by Kimberly Zook on May 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

What I Didn't Yet Do On My Summer Vacation

I know lots of teachers eschew the longstanding "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" assignment. They think it's hackneyed and perhaps overdone.


I love it, though, and I always have. When I was in the classroom, I always assigned this on the first day of school, due the next day. It was a written assignment, coupled with an oral presentation. Kids could add art if they were so inclined. The assignment doubled as both writing homework and as a "getting to know you" activity so…


Added by Debby Carroll on May 24, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Call for Open Submissions! Theme: Summer

Hello She Writers!

I'm writing to announce another open submissions period! From May 27th to June 2nd She Writers will have another chance to submit informative posts about the craft of writing. The theme for the week is Summer. Let's kick off the season right!

If you'd like to share any insights, stories, or advice, simply make a post on your She Writes blog and…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on May 24, 2012 at 9:27am — 13 Comments

Interview with Ohio U. Professor Dinty W. Moore, Editor and Award Winning Author

As guest editor this week for SheWrites, I am pleased to introduce Dinty W. Moore, professor, writer and editor.  Dinty was kind enough to take the time for an interview related to Flash NonFiction.  Dinty is the editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash NonFiction coming out in September, 2012.  Visit rosemetalpress.com as well as dintywmoore.com for more…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 24, 2012 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Critical Components of Flash Fiction and Nonfiction

Flash fiction and flash nonfiction differ clearly in content, but many of the needs are the same given the conciseness of the form. 

In an excerpt from The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash Fiction, Nathan Leslie in his article, “The “V” Word,” states, “By…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 23, 2012 at 9:32am — 6 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Confessions of an Ebook Convert - by Faith Freewoman

This week on REALITY CHECK, I've asked my friend and fellow editor, Faith Freewoman, to be my guest. She's going to share how and why she has become an "ebook convert" and why it's still important to have a professional approach towards your writing regardless of format.…


Added by Zetta Brown on May 23, 2012 at 7:00am — 20 Comments

Keeping a Writer's Diary

--Some writers refer to them as their journals, others call them notebooks or writer’s diary. And just as they all have different names, each writer uses them for many different purposes.

So out of a strong sense of curiosity and a need to learn what sort of things I should consider putting into my writer’s diary, I decided to ‘google’ and see what came up. [This is always a fun way to spend an hour/afternoon/day.......]

I began with Teralyn Rose Pilgrim’s blog ‘…


Added by Edith O Nuallain on May 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Common mistakes in book proposals

In last week’s post I explained what a book proposal is and what it should include. This week I asked my friend Diane O’Connell, a former editor at Random House who now has a consulting business to help aspiring authors get published, for the biggest and most common mistakes she sees in book proposals.

Here’s what she had to…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 22, 2012 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

Interview with Award Winning Writer and Editor: Tara L. Masih

As guest editor this week for SheWrites, it is my pleasure to introduce Tara L. Masih, writer and editor.  Tara graciously consented to an interview in which she shares her thoughts and insights related to Flash Fiction.  I highly recommend The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 22, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

What Exactly is "Flash" and Why Do I Care?

“Flash” Fiction and Nonfiction: The Brilliant Capturing of a Moment


This week as guest editor for SheWrites, I want to explore a subject that is close to my heart: “flash” literature.  My blog, 20 Minutes a Day at…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 21, 2012 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

Write Funny--You’ll Make More Money

Do people scratch their heads at your punch lines? Do you need to explain why the joke was funny? Do you wonder what Adam Sandler got that you ain’t got? If you adamantly answered “yes” to any of these questions, I got news for you.

You’re not funny.

The good news is that although you may never be a stand-up comedian, if you can write pretty well,…


Added by Susie Brown on May 21, 2012 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

The Value of 20 Minutes a Day

Hello.  My name is Helen (Len) Leatherwood and I am delighted to be the guest editor on SheWrites this week.  We will be talking about the importance of daily writing,as well as explore the world of Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir this week.  I look forward to getting to know you SheWrites members.  Please feel free to participate with comments and writing exercises.  I'd love to hear from you!


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 20, 2012 at 9:46pm — 10 Comments

Writing from the Heart and Mind

To me, the glory of being a writer is the freedom it gives you—

to explore your own mind and imagination, your passions and obsessions,



Added by Alix Kates Shulman on May 19, 2012 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

Tip Number 7: Bach, Counterpoint and Writing

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs 

We’re Back to Bach and We’re Looking for Inspiration

Yesterday, I wrote about an intersection between Bach and Cicero -- Bach’s two-part inventions and three-part sinfonias along with Cicero’s five phases for oration. Today I’d like to…


Added by Matilda Butler on May 19, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

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