Some remote magic has brought my mother back to me through her things.
Red leather journal from 1949, her name embossed in gold on the cover. Daybooks where she recorded the details of family life in tiny notes: the weather, what we ate, which child had a doctor appointment, what letters she wrote, what bills she paid, what my father was mad about that day. Letters she wrote to him on onionskin, thick sheets of personal stationary, delicate foldable airmail…Continue
Several months ago I discussed how first-time novelists tend to create characters who sound the same, which can make it hard for the reader to know who's talking. Today, I want to address a few other dialogue mistakes:
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Karen Bergreen is the author of Perfect is Overrated, which was just released this month, and Following Polly, which pubbed in 2010. Karen is a stand-up comedian and former lawyer who lives in New York…Continue
A lot of She Writers have been contacting me to ask what the difference is between what we’re doing and how we compare to other self-publishing models.
I’m going to do a series over the next several posts, starting with Author Solutions (recently purchased by Penguin). I’ll be covering…
Do you use an outline when you write? That's by far one of the most common questions I get asked from aspiring authors. It's a great question, but a hard one to answer. Why? Because the best reply I can give is...sort of.
Every author is different, but here's what I've found works for me: before I begin a novel (I just finished my fourth), I jot down bullet points of the basic situation/premise and some interesting things that could happen along the way. The bullet…Continue
First published as "Women Writers Find Inspiration, Mandate to Create, at VORTEXT Retreat" on Feminist Wire.
The first ever VORTEXT event, Hedgebrook’s weekend retreat for women writers, began with Bastard out of Carolinaauthor Dorothy Allison growling from the keynote podium as though a preacher at a pulpit for the…Continue
First of all, I am at Hedgebrook, and I am very very (very!) lucky to be here. Twenty-five years ago, Seattle philanthropist Nancy Nordhoff and writer Sheryl Feldman founded this place…Continue
Sara Mansfield Taber and I knew each other from a writer’s group and were drawn to each other’s work from the start. When we…Continue
Sarah Glazer discovers new vistas in graphic novels.
Superman and Classic Comics were my favorite illicit reading when I was a kid, usually devoured furtively in a…
When She Writer Patricia Dunn and her agent and friend, Alexandra Soiseth, became disillusioned with the traditional system, they decided to seize control of their publishing destiny--and they founded Alikai Press.…Continue
Only 50 days until my new novel, The Salt God's Daughter hits the shelves.
Though it was two years ago, it seems like just yesterday that I was traveling with my kids on a booktour for The Language of Trees, my first novel. Visiting bookstores in twelve cities across the country was incredibly worthwhile. There were readings large and small—one attended by 300 people and another, by 3 people, both a rite of passage. Both readings had their…Continue
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But a few days ago, I received what has got to be one of the best query letters I have received in a long time.
I say “one of the best” because others that have ranked high on my personal list of successful query letters have all come from authors who have…Continue
If you're not sure what the passive voice is, the title of this blog post should give you an idea.
In the active voice, someone or something is doing something to someone or something.
In the passive voice, something is being done to someone or something.
This week, She Writes is calling on all you out there in the community for some new "Five Questions for..." submissions!
This column offers an exchange between two She Writes members on their books, inspiration, process, life, passions,…
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I have a lovely writing journal. It's leather bound and has my name embossed in gold on the front. I resisted such a journal for a long time, preferring to write in little throw-away notebooks. However, the reason I love this one is that the pages themselves are refillable, so I can write as much nonsense as I like and not worry about it, since I can take the pages out and replace them, keeping the pretty cover. If you're interested,…Continue
This piece was first published on Head Butler.
I was intrigued by Jillian Medoff’s stunning new novel, I Couldn’t Love You More, from the very first scene: a princess-themed birthday party in suburbia with ten shrieking,…Continue
We’ve had a couple write-ups in the media this week, on Paid Content and Shelf Awareness. It’s been wonderful to get the support of the community and of so many writers, AND a lot of questions have been coming up, too. We encourage them, and we’re growing our…Continue
Time, or the lack of, it is one of the biggest excuses we come up with for why there are no new pages on any given day. Whether you are writing to earn a living or writing as an avocation, searching to find the time to put your words into sentences that make sense is the…Continue