Featured Blog Posts – June 2015 Archive (32)

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

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…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 19 Comments

What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

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,…

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Added by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm — 15 Comments

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

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…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — 27 Comments

The Art of Submission: A Confession

Forgive me, She Writers, for I have sinned.

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,…

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Added by Emily Lackey on June 24, 2015 at 4:00am — 20 Comments

Grammergency #15: The Pronoun Predicament

I recently got an e-mail asking me which of the following sentences is grammatically correct:

“As we walked past the house, neither Mr. Smith nor his daughter were in the yard”

or:

“As we walked past the house, neither Mr. Smith nor his daughter was in the…

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Added by Annie Tucker on June 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Got Writer's Block? Step Away From the Keyboard

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.…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 22, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] When You Aren't Ready to Forgive

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…

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Added by Jill Jepson on June 22, 2015 at 7:02am — 1 Comment

Who's Going to BlogHer? I've Got A 30% Discount For You.

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…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 21, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] When the Universe Said Yes!

Have you ever been skipping down life’s path, happy and contented, and had the nagging feeling there was something you were neglecting? Thats 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. …

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Added by Leslie Johansen Nack on June 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Writing the Intimate

“I can’t remember.”

“I don’t know.”

“That’s…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 16, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

The Life of a Newbie Indie Writer

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…

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Added by Jill Ebstein on June 16, 2015 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Adjusting the Sales - The Life of a Freelance Writer by Trisha Faye

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…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing Fatalities

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…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words

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…

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Added by Brooke Warner on June 15, 2015 at 11:00pm — 32 Comments

Dialogue Tip: Make It Clear Who Is Talking

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…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 15, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] I Have Always Wanted to Be a Writer

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…

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Added by Ellen Sherman on June 10, 2015 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

The Art of Submission: Where to Submit in the Summer

It's almost summer, which means it's time to take vacations and go for long walks and write outside and . . . stop submitting?

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…

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Added by Emily Lackey on June 10, 2015 at 4:00am — 16 Comments

3 Ways to Get Your Writing Plan Back On Track

Credit image: Canva.com

 

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…

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Added by Lidy Wilks on June 9, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Grammergency #14: Is It Ever OK to Be a Grammar Snob?

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…

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Added by Annie Tucker on June 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Has She Writes Had An Impact On Your Writing Career? Tell Us How!

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…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 8, 2015 at 11:30am — 15 Comments

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