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…Continue
“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style,…
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…Continue
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,…Continue
“As we walked past the house, neither Mr. Smith nor his daughter were in the yard”
“As we walked past the house, neither Mr. Smith nor his daughter was in the…Continue
When I'm working on a book, there's nothing I fear more than staring at my computer screen and not knowing what to write next. I find it paralyzing, nerve-racking, depressing, and downright scary. When I'm writing a book but not actually writing anything, I feel an enormous sense of guilt because I'm not being productive.…Continue
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This week, people throughout the world watched with horror as the story unfolded of an unspeakable crime in Charleston, South Carolina. We also watched as the family members of the victims stood up and did something unimaginably courageous: They forgave.
I am not going to write about forgiveness in…Continue
In a month, I'll be attending one of my favorite conferences on earth, BlogHer, right here in New York City. If you aren't familiar with it, check out the agenda for this year and have your mind blown. This year, I'll be attending…Continue
Have you ever been skipping down life’s path, happy and contented, and had the nagging feeling there was something you were neglecting? That’s what happened when my daughter started high school and our business calmed down enough that I had mornings to myself after years of being busy. …Continue
“I can’t remember.”
“I don’t know.”
Just published my first book, At My Pace, which is a collection of essays about women who have had winding paths. Speaking of winding paths, every day I am learning something new about the challenges of going Indie. If you are familiar with Daniel Pink's, To Sell is Human, the indie writer must be a "mover". Every person, every occasion, every encounter is an opportunity to share with people something you feel passionate about. In my case, I am…Continue
This is perhaps one of the realest reality checks I've presented in my column. Returning She Writer, Trisha Faye presents the early days of her foray into starting her career as a full-time writer. Warts and all.
If anything, it…Continue
Don't hate me because I'm lucky.
But maybe a little because of this picture...
This is the view out of my window as I finish up this month's blog post. I am in an airy, cool apartment in full view of Vesuvius and the Naples harbor. After colazione this morning, I am hopping on a…
Kill your darlings. It’s a phrase you’ve all heard, but how many of you have been brave enough to be truly ruthless with your own writing, to cut in a big and bold ways when needed? How many of you have written a too-long manuscript and allowed an editor to go in and hack huge swaths of work…Continue
Good dialogue can bring your characters to life and engage your readers by making them feel immersed in the fantasy world you've created. On the flip side, poorly constructed dialogue can break the magical spell of the story. When I'm reading a conversation between two or more characters and lose track of who is…Continue
In 1962, when I was in first grade, kids learned to write. Kindergarten was a half-day, and there was no pre-K, just nursery school, which was all about playing. While we recited the alphabet endlessly in kindergarten, it wasn’t until first grade that we learned to shape letters on manila paper with wide green lines, and at the same time our facility for reading really took off. It was at this time that I decided I was going to be a writer.
Soon, I was studying the dictionary, writing…Continue
That is what you might be thinking If you were anywhere near Twitter at the beginning of this month, a witness to journals everywhere sounding…Continue
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I meant to post this back in March on my old IHeartAllStories Weebly blog. But March was Women’s History Month. And the blog content then focused towards women. Women writers, past and present, celebrating…Continue
People’s responses to the fact that I’m a professional editor span a broad spectrum. Some don’t know what an editor even does. Others say, “I’m hopeless with grammar and…Continue
In just a few weeks, on June 29th, it will be six years since Deborah Siegel and I opened the doors of this virtual community. We started with forty founding members, including Gretchen Rubin, Francine Prose, Amy Sohn, Hope Edelman, and Christina Baker Kline, just to name a few, and we are now more than…Continue