Featured Blog Posts – August 2010 Archive (46)

PASSION PROJECT: In Their Own Words, Part 3

Dear SheWriters,

The third installment of excerpts from the next three fabulous finalists: Elena Schwolsky, Honeysmoke, and Jasmina Nogo! Check back here often-- we'll be posting excerpts from three finalists each weekday, from now until the winner is announced on September 7th.

All my… Continue

Added by Passion Project on August 31, 2010 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

Become an Instigator

Tayari Jones on adding conflict to wake up a sleepy story.



When I was in high school, a harsh reprimand was, “Stop instigating!” (Odd diction for kids, but it’s what we used to say.) In a more formal parlance, it meant, stop provoking conflict. While this is a good rule for life, it’s not such a good rule in fiction. In an… Continue

Added by Surviving the Draft on August 31, 2010 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

PASSION PROJECT: In Their Own Words, Part 2

Dear SheWriters,

Here are excerpts from the next three fabulous finalists: Amy Campbell, Amy Risher, and Dana Campbell! Check back here often-- we'll be posting excerpts from three finalists each weekday, from now until the winner is announced on September 7th.

All my best,

Lea





A… Continue

Added by Passion Project on August 30, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Five Questions for...Danielle Evans

This week, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench: A Novel, asks Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Sept. 23, Riverhead), five questions about race, influence, personal heroes, and writing like a man.



1.… Continue

Added by Five Questions on August 30, 2010 at 5:03am — 4 Comments

What Makes a Great English Teacher?





Erin Hosier reconnects with an early influence...



Recently my favorite teacher from high school, who is now retired, contacted me via Facebook. I was shocked that she remembered me. I don't think I ever got higher than a C (maybe a B-) in either of her English Lit or Composition classes. She was really, really tough, but in the best way: challenging, dynamic, rebellious, a little kooky. And… Continue

Added by The Agent on August 29, 2010 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

Member News Week Ending August 28, 2010

Joyce (j.d.) Daniels has two new stories in Doorknobs & BodyPaint's August issue, #59.



Joan Dempsey has just produced a free, 40-page e-book called The Power of Deliberate Thinking: 5 Strategies for Staying at the Writing Desk (Despite Your Self-Doubts) - visit… Continue

Added by Member News on August 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Say It With Me: DIE Literary Sexism, DIE

Happy Women’s Equality Day everyone! Or…not? By Deborah Siegel



It is a truth universally acknowledged (ok, yes, by some) that popular, or “commercial,” fiction by women tends to be critically overlooked. Said New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner in an… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on August 27, 2010 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

PASSION PROJECT: The Finalists, In Their Own Words

Dear SheWriters,

Here is the first taste of the excerpts from three of our fabulous finalists: Allison Landa, Allison Stevens, and Alyssa Brennan! Check back here often-- we'll be posting excerpts from three finalists each weekday, from now until the winner is announced on September 7th.

All my… Continue

Added by Passion Project on August 27, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Shout Out A Passionate She Writer Today! I Know 10,850.

Last week, I had the honor -- and the considerable challenge -- of helping to select 18 finalists from the 291 entrants to She Writes' first-ever Passion Project. Debbie, Lea, Amanda and I called and emailed each other throughout the process, amazed and deeply moved by your words, and of course by your passion. Choosing "winners" from these excerpts, so lovingly labored over, and offered up to us with so much hope, made me feel kind of like a loser. And the whole time I kept thinking… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on August 26, 2010 at 1:41pm — 5 Comments

How To Engage Social Media To Find Your Target Audience

Twanna A. Hines, sex, dating & relationships writer and social media consultant, explains how "whoring it up" helps build your career. Don't worry. It's not what you think.



I started a sex & relationships blog, FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, in June 2005. Five years… Continue

Added by How She Does It on August 26, 2010 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

What About The Words? The Real First Step To Getting Published.

A few weeks ago, I went to an evening of talks about Getting Published, given by women with various jobs in the publishing industry. The women were entertaining, the talks interesting, and the atmosphere comradely. Chatting to the organiser in the bar afterwards, I mentioned that I noticed, though they had a great deal to say about making your work sound as appealing as possible to an agent or publisher, no one mentioned writing. "I know," she said. "I did say something about how important the… Continue

Added by Kate Gould on August 26, 2010 at 4:09am — 3 Comments

Editor's Picks--Week of August 23

This week's highlights from The Community Blog.



Passion Project Letdown to Extreme Makeover Inspiration by Mary Keating

I like so many other Passion Project contestants exercised our virtue of patience this morning and then felt the sting of defeat, the twinge… Continue

Added by Editors Picks on August 25, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments

Countdown to Publication:Welcome to the Morning After

Hi She Writers,



Yesterday, August 24, I officially became a novelist. I made it to Pub Day. The book made it to store shelves and was released from download embargo.I received more than 45 emails of congratulations, a bunch of Facebook 'likes' and a whole lot of Tweets wishing me a happy Pub Day. By the end of the day, after I disseminated my first "From the Desk of Lori L. Tharps" newsletter (for those of you new to email marketing check out MadMimi.com) I'd also received two new… Continue

Added by Lori L. Tharps on August 25, 2010 at 7:24am — 6 Comments

Decisions, Decisions -- Why Did You Have To Make It So Hard? (In a Good Way)

Last night, Kamy, Debbie, Amanda, and I were on the phone for hours (yes, hours) debating the merits of each and every entry. We were incredibly moved by what you shared with us—your lives, your brilliant writing, and your shining enthusiasm. We wanted to call you, laugh and cry with you, email you, even hug you.



THANK YOU for entering this contest, and for reminding us why She Writes exists.



We narrowed down the list to eighteen finalists, each of whom has a… Continue

Added by Passion Project on August 24, 2010 at 10:00am — 38 Comments

Workcrastination

Tayari Jones warns against letting what “needs to be done” get in the way of what else needs to be done—your book.



It's time to introduce a new term-- Workcrastinaton. If you're like me, you think that procrastination involves Law & Order marathons and Twitter, and these are insidious forms of procrastination, for sure. But there is another, more sneaky, incarnation--… Continue

Added by Surviving the Draft on August 24, 2010 at 8:01am — 16 Comments

Five Questions for...Sue Ann Jaffarian

This week, Rachel Kramer Bussel--senior editor at Penthouse Variations, host of In The Flesh Reading Series, SexisMagazine.com columnist, and editor of over 30 erotic anthologies, most recently, Orgasmic and Fast Girls--asks… Continue

Added by Five Questions on August 23, 2010 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

On Writing Loss

In the face of a dear one's death, Deborah Siegel contemplates when the written word is, and isn't, enough.



Last week, I lost a dear family friend. David, 69, was a jovial, generous man, kind in spirit and magnanimous in heart. He was a beloved ob/gyn, though not my own, and he helped me tremendously during my recent fertility journey, taking all my questions and calls. I'd known David all my life.… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on August 20, 2010 at 11:00am — 21 Comments

Should Memoirs and Biographies Really Tell All?

Sarah Glazer asks two prominent biographers if they’ve ever withheld information from their readers at sources’ request—and gets some surprising answers.

When writing your memoir, who claims the greatest loyalty—your reader or those family members you portray? This is one of the many ethical and style issues addressed in… Continue

Added by State of the Art on August 20, 2010 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Member News Week Ending August 21, 2010

For all SheWriters in Germany; Nina Weber's nonfiction book Gratulieren mit Stil - eine kleine Schreibschule für Glückwünsche (a workshop in writing lovely letters) has just come out with Gräfe and Unzer.



Prucia Buscell along with Arvind Singhal, and Curt Lindberg just finished writing and editing Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare… Continue

Added by Member News on August 20, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Five Ways Blogging Has Made Me A Better Writer

PART TWO: In which Kamy Wicoff continues to ponder the differences between blogging and writing, and to celebrate the ways in which blogging has made her writing better.



When I first began to dream of She Writes, I had never written a blogpost in my life. (I wasn't on Facebook, either, and had had a kind of panic attack when I first put a page up there.) My partner, Deborah… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on August 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

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