Featured Blog Posts – June 2016 Archive (20)

On Writing: Q & A with Ron Yates

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…


Added by Ronald E. Yates on June 30, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Confessions of a Compulsive Planner

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…


Added by Patricia Robertson on June 29, 2016 at 10:59am — No Comments

No time like the present

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…


Added by Elaine M Weddle on June 29, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Entrepreneurial Tips for Authors Who Want to Up Their Game

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…


Added by Brooke Warner on June 28, 2016 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Water Under the Bridge

Recently we enjoyed an overnight trip to Twin Falls, Idaho, home to three waterfalls:

  • Shoshone Falls — known as “Niagara Falls of the West”
  • Pillar Falls — 1.5 miles upstream from Perrine Bridge pictured below
  • Twin Falls — the city’s namesake…


Added by Laurie Buchanan on June 28, 2016 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

To Curate--Not a Good Idea


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…


Added by Sheila Grinell on June 27, 2016 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Writing a Plot Twist

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…


Added by Ashley Earley on June 26, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Satisfying Endings


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.…


Added by Joan Steinau Lester on June 23, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Science of Writing with Megan Miranda

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…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 21, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Save $220 on Magic of Memoir conference this October

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!

Get all the details and register…


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…


Added by Cindy Eastman on June 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — 20 Comments

Marketing Tip: Tap Your Network for Contacts

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 20, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] 3 Exercises to Sharpen Your Observational Intelligence

“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…


Added by Jill Jepson on June 20, 2016 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] My Biggest Critic Became My Biggest Fan!

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…


Added by Irene Allison on June 17, 2016 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Five Reasons Why Readers Don't Leave Reviews and my Big ASK!

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…


Added by Patricia Robertson on June 13, 2016 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] How to Find Happiness as a Writer

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…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on June 10, 2016 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

5-minute Facebook Face Lift

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…


Added by Janay Lampkin on June 7, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

[BREALFAST WITH THE MUSE] Three Ways to Take Care of Yourself--and How They Can Improve Your Writing

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…


Added by Jill Jepson on June 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hot topics - week of June 6, 2016

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:…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 6, 2016 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Writing Tip: Save Deleted Scenes and Language

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,…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 6, 2016 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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