Well some things are more important than a sabbatical -- or at least that's how I feel about supporting She Writes' philanthropic partner, Girls Write Now. (If you want to be blown away, spend a little time on their site and read about…Continue
This story is part of a series on Writing and Memories that was commissioned by Cori Howard, the instructor of the SheWrites online class, Writing for Moms. Each story in this series is written by one of the students in these classes. The next session starts in January. Click here for more registration and more details. Or email …Continue
Added by Mary Keating on November 29, 2011 at 10:34pm — No Comments
With everything on your plate to get the word out about your book, getting a photo taken might be pretty far down on your list – if it’s even on your list at all. But to do a good job marketing, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a professional, high-resolution headshot.
If you want to promote your book, you’re going to have to reach out to people who have no idea who you are, such as the press or reviewers. Many of these people will ask you for a photo, or they’re…Continue
This story is part of a series on Writing and Memories that was commissioned by Cori Howard, the instructor of the SheWrites online class, Writing for Moms. Each story in this series is written by one of the students in these classes. The next…Continue
In her new memoir, What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past, Nancy K. Miller tells the story of how she reconstructed her family’s missing past from a handful of mysterious objects found in…Continue
Over the next week, guest editor, Cori Howard, has invited students of her online Writing for Moms classes here on SheWrites to post stories on the topic of memories and writing and how the two converge and play an important role in our experiences as mothers. Hope you’ll join the conversation. Cori Howard starts us off…..
I lie in bed and stare at the pictures on my dresser. My daughter’s six-year-old face stares back at me. I examine her slight smile, her crooked…Continue
I feel fat. My pants still fit, true, but after all the gratuitous calories I consumed on Thanksgiving, I feel fat. Plus, there is much danger to my waistline ahead: Christmas parties (ok, we aren’t that popular, but still), Christmas cookies (actually, I am not known as a baker, but these delicious things somehow find their way over to my house), gravy (nectar of the Gods, in my opinion), and lots of sitting in front of the television, watching holiday movies. None of this…Continue
I awoke this morning in Bamako, Mali -- a country with a rich culture and a long and proud history. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. There are so many paradoxes in life. If I've learned anything thus far it is that things are not as neat and straightforward as I would like, as we would like. I live in the U.S. -- the richest country in the world. Yet 30 Million of our citizens experience hunger on a daily basis or are at risk of going hungry.
Undoubtedly most of…Continue
Added by Rabihah A. Mateen on November 24, 2011 at 6:32pm — No Comments
Pretty soon I'll be on the road, dreaming of turkey and pumpkin pie. But before I go, I wanted to write a quick post wishing everyone at She Writes a very Happy Thanksgiving. Even if you're not celebrating the third Thursday of November like we do here in the U.S., I hope you'll join us in the comments by taking…Continue
I'll admit that I'm a freelance writer first and a novelist second. (Or maybe sometimes fifth or tenth, depending on the day.) As a result, I pound out a lot of practical sentences on my keyboard. And, yes, sometimes the act of writing doesn't seem like a creative process at all for me. Sometimes the web copy…Continue
Have you ever been asked what you're working on next? What you're thinking about working on next? Ideas for things you might consider possibly maybe working on next? If you're like most writers, you've been asked that question, and, if you're like most writers, you've gotten responses similar to what The Frenemy says in this Annoying Conversation: "Pitch Me!" (Even Though It's A Waste of Time To Listen to Your Unfinished Ideas): boredom,…Continue
Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week
Added by Mary Keating on November 22, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments
It happens to all of us. Sometimes, no matter how motivated we are to work, we hit a wall and don’t know what to write next. Or we know what we want to write, but for whatever reason we struggle to get it on paper.
When this happens to me, I have a few tactics for working around it:
A few nights ago Dan and I were sitting at our respective laptops typing away while simultaneously giggling at the Daily Show. I was working on some Black Friday web content, and he was working on his latest novel idea.
"What are you writing?" I asked.
"A character interview," he…Continue
I am in a sticky, overwhelming, and frustrating position. I am a writer. However, I make my main living working in retail management and generate a decent amount of money each month as a Copy Writer. I do write for a living. And I mean that in the purest sense.
I am not however, anything else. I am not a retail manager. I have worked in retail since my teens, and outside of the three years I was a school teacher, it is the only thing I've been qualified to do "on paper" and…Continue
•I am grateful to Kamy Wicoff for inviting me to be a guest blogger on She Writes this week.
•I am grateful for my guest contributors who made blogging twice a day this week possible.
•I am grateful to She Writers for being so supportive of one another.
•I am grateful that I get to work with women writers and publish women writers.
•I am grateful for groups of women who support each other to…Continue
When it comes to Nanowrimo, or SheWriMo, be wary of the delete button. Sure, you have to fix misspellings and typos, but remember that back in the days of typewriters, we didn't have the option to use it so indiscriminately. In the race to 1666 word per day, however, you must resist the allure of the backspace, its power to fix a mediocre sentence and turn it into a…Continue