When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably when I was in the sixth grade. I loved writing stories, and I had a teacher (Mrs. Gooch) who encouraged me. My mother also bought me books and took me often to the library--a place that I found magical and magnetic. She often read to me, and I could "see" the story unfolding before me. When I could read myself, I began to devour everything I could get my hands on. Reading took me places I could not, as a…Continue
I admit it. I’m one of those people. I love to plan. One month, one year, five year, ten year plans. I do them all. I love it when a plan comes to together. And when one falls apart, I see it as an opportunity to plan some more.
When I originally started to blog on the Psalms, I…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on June 29, 2016 at 10:59am — No Comments
There’s no time to write, I used that line for years. I told myself I would be writing if I simply wasn’t too busy paying the bills, finding ‘Mr Right’, being a parent, divorcing ‘Mr Not-So-Right’ and all the stuff of life. It wasn’t as if I wasn’t writing, I was a journalist and then an advertising copy writer. I was getting words down and getting paid for it. Just not the words I wanted to get down.
Then I joined a creative writing…Continue
Added by Elaine M Weddle on June 29, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
This month I’m a new author all over again with the publication of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing. I wrote this book to answer the many good…Continue
Recently we enjoyed an overnight trip to Twin Falls, Idaho, home to three waterfalls:
Some months ago, while watching my favorite TV show, a contest for amateur dancers, I heard the judge say, “That’s a nice, curated improvisation.” Huh? The contestant had done some acrobatics, a little bit of Broadway, and a touch of tap. Cute, but “curated”? I spent forty years in the museum profession, and the curators I know do not improvise their exhibitions. Then, at the supermarket the other day, I spotted another brain-twister, a…Continue
Writing a plot twist can be tricky.
Plot twists are meant to surprise your readers--to turn them into a completely different plot direction. But, the tricky thing is, the twist has to not only be smart but believable while keeping them interested in the story. You don't want to write a ridiculous plot twist that will make your readers go "That's unrealistic." You want them to take the plot twist seriously and to keep reading your…
Recently I was outraged after I finished the last pages of a novel I’d loved. “What?” I railed. “How could the author abandon one of the two main characters, let her disappear so completely I’ve no idea of her fate. Give me a hint. One sentence, please!” We do get a scene of her husband after the family’s deportation, as he approaches the ancestral village, anticipating the luxury their U.S. dollars will afford.…Continue
Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, SOULPRINT, and THE SAFEST LIES. Her first novel for adults, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, will be released on June 28, 2016 and I will officially be calling in "binge reading" to work! I can't wait to get my hands on this thriller that's being likened to THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, two of my…Continue
Join She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, for the Magic of Memoir Conference this October. Register before July 1 and save $220!Continue
Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Everyone knows that you don’t pass up a kid’s lemonade stand. When you come upon a handmade sign, a wobbly card table and an icy pitcher of lemonade, you buy a cup. If the beverage looks a little sketchy, you don’t say, “no thanks, I’m not thirsty,” you say, “Yum. I think I’ll save this for later,” and you walk…Continue
The other day I received a call from my friend Kristen, who recently opened her own business in the wedding-planning industry. She remembered that close friends of mine had recently been featured in the Vows section of the New York Times, and she wanted to know if an introduction to the reporter who wrote the piece would be possible.
While I'm still working on getting that contact for Kristen, I was impressed by her willingness to…Continue
“Writers can fill their stories with as much ‘made up stuff’ as they like, but there is no substitute for astute observation,” writes A.J.Humpage at All Write Fiction Advice. "It’s the one…Continue
Success. Some writers see it as big and showy: big book, big publisher, big bucks. Or so the dream goes. But for me, a series of small, unexpected successes have fuelled my path on this long and arduous but wonderful journey.
One such early success gave me a whole new world, a world with my…Continue
As I evaluate my progress over the past two years in the world of independent publishing and mark off checklists (website –check, blog – check, email capture – check, newsletter – check, professional cover designs – check, copy-editor – check, beta-readers – check) there is one area where I…
Slow down. Make time in your busy life to turn inward for answers. You are not a headless chicken; you are a reservoir of wisdom. Dip into your own well. Take time each day to make a meaningful connection with yourself first, and then with others.
Be where you are. Learn how to be more present in your life. Trust that you have everything you need and that things are unfolding perfectly in their own time. Replace desperate…Continue
Summer is here. The kids are out of school, vacations have commenced, and your Facebook page has officially made it's way to the back burner, because let's be honest - our Facebook…Continue
Added by Janay Lampkin on June 7, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
One of the first questions I ask my clients who are bogged down, overwhelmed, or stuck is, “How do you take care of yourself?” Most cannot answer. Many have never thought about it. Some think the question is silly or self-indulgent.
If you’re a writer who seldom thinks about self-care, ask yourself…Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on June 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Happy Monday, She Writers! I hope the weekend was refreshing and this week brings fresh inspiration and motivation for whatever writing project you have on-hand. Our members have been sharing so many incredible personal experiences and lessons through their blogs, we've rounded up just a few of the week's trending topics.
Take a look at this week's hot topics:…Continue
It goes without saying that when it comes time to revise the first draft of your manuscript, much of it is going to end up on the cutting room floor. Whether it's due to shifting plotlines, characters that no longer work, or scenes that are too long, removal is part of the process. (And of course, some of what we all write the first time around is simply...awful.)
The delete key doesn't have to mean the end,…Continue