Featured Blog Posts – December 2010 Archive (54)

INSPIRATION HQ: Rebecca Traister on Political Inspiration, Feminism, and Tears (Prompt 6 #swinspires)

This is the sixth prompt for #swinspires, the Gift of Inspiration campaign hosted by She Writes. Between December 13 and 24, ten She Writers who inspire *us* will share a writing prompt. (For past prompts, click here.)…



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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 20, 2010 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Yogic Inspiration - Prompt 5 #swinspires

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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 19, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Top Ten Novels by Women

My last list of the year (I promise).  I’ve had plenty of book groups asking me for recommendations, so here they are.  In truth, with all the skirmishes lately over the New York Times and how many books by women are reviewed, sold, or placed on the most important book shelves, I gave myself a task:  Make a list of your own favorite books by women and then take a gander at their commonalities, strengths, courage, etc.  As a novelist, I chose novels.  And as I made my list, I was certainly…

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Added by Michelle Hoover on December 17, 2010 at 11:14am — 12 Comments

Inspiration Roundup: In Your Words (#swinspires)

She Writers, you inspire.  Here are some of our favorite lines from your responses to this week's prompts so far:

 

PROMPT 1: "What inspires you to...be…

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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 17, 2010 at 9:01am — No Comments

LAST DAY TO SUPPORT LEAVING ATLANTA: The Film

 

A pair of amazing women film makers have been working hard to make my first novel, Leaving Atlanta into afeature film.  I have to say that watching them work has been a real education for me.  Yes, I know that writing a book is hard, but at least when you set out to write a book you need only yourself and your computer.  It takes a village to make a movie-- and a whole lot of money!

 

 

Here's a little background on LEAVING ATLANTA.  I've always thought…

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Added by Tayari Jones on December 17, 2010 at 7:36am — No Comments

INSPIRATION HQ: What inspires you to...be the healthiest you? (Prompt 5 #swinspires)

 

This is the fifth prompt for #swinspires, the Gift of Inspiration campaign hosted by She Writes. Between December 13 and 24, ten She Writers who inspire *us* will share a writing prompt.…

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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 17, 2010 at 5:11am — 1 Comment

Writing Inspiration–Who (Prompt 3 #swinspires)

 

I have to confess to struggling a bit with these prompts as I don’t consider myself a “writer,” but rather someone whose job requires a fair amount of writing. I do, after all, spend large chunks of my day writing something (reports, funding requests, grant proposals, scholarly articles, email, what have you). In other words, while I certainly write (and read) a lot, most of it is…

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Added by Brenda Bethman on December 16, 2010 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments

Regina Barreca asks: What inspires you to…write from your dark side? (Prompt 4 #swinspires)

This is the fourth prompt for #swinspires, the Gift of Inspiration campaign hosted by She Writes. Between December 13 and 24, ten She Writers who inspire *us* will share a writing prompt.…

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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 16, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Letter To Vanessa (Prompt 3 #swinspires)

Dear Vanessa,

I see you everyday at my job working at the coffee stand. Although Rutgers-Newark is a really diverse place, as far as college campuses go, it's still easy to pick a sister out in the crowd. I see you every day making coffee, ringing up purchases, organizing displays, and reading like crazy. I try not to be too nosy, but I can see that you like to read many different types of books, but pretty much all of it is by black authors. When you opened that cupboard one time, it…

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Added by Tayari Jones on December 16, 2010 at 8:51am — 8 Comments

Writing Prompt Authors ANNOUNCED!

The mind-blowingly inspired guest authors participating in our GIFT OF INSPIRATION campaign are all lined up! Keep your eyes out for prompts from the following in the coming days (drum roll please):



12/13…

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Added by Deborah Siegel on December 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Who Inspired (and inspires!) You to Write? (Or: The History of My Literary Love Affairs) Prompt 3 #swinspires

When I first began to read, it was LAURA INGALLS WILDER, E.B. WHITE, CAROLYN KEENE (who I thought was a person, not a syndicate) and FRANCES HODGSON…

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Added by The Salonniere on December 15, 2010 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Reliable as Rain Falling Down, Not Up (Prompt 2 #swinspires)

Does anyone punch holes in the top of large juice cans anymore? You know, with the "other side" of that old bottle cap opener, the pointy triangle end. As a child, it amazed me that to get the juice to pour out of the can nicely, rather than just a blub...blub...blub, a second hole had to be punched in the top of the can across from the first. There was a right way to do it and it worked wonders!

Today you buy coffee or a latte to go and the lid has a tiny hole…

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Added by M Kathy Brown on December 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

INSPIRATION HQ: What inspires you to…keep writing when the writing gets tough? (Prompt 2 #swinspires)

This is the second prompt for #swinspires, the Give the Gift of Inspiration campaign hosted by She Writes. Between December 13 and 24, ten She Writers who inspire *us* will share a writing prompt.…

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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 14, 2010 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

My Authentic Life (Prompt 1 #swinspires)

After two weeks of struggling with some of the #reverb10 prompts, it was a relief to sign up for a new blog challenge and to find a prompt that spoke to me. I have been thinking about this question since attending the…

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Added by Brenda Bethman on December 13, 2010 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Inspired (Prompt 1: What inspires you to...live an authentic life? #swinspires)

I’ve been on this extended life-changing journey for almost 6 years now. After I decided to leave my dot-com family in 2004, I have worked a succession of diverse jobs, some amazingly surreal as a host for a nightclub, eye-opening adventures in the world of…

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Added by Stacy Jill Calvert on December 13, 2010 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments

They Who Inspire Me to Live an Authentic Life (Prompt 1 #swinspires)

At 35, I was living comfortably, but married to the wrong guy. I thought I was happy. I was dying inside. After depression and angst, I left. It was the most authentic move I could make. And today, I’m married to the love of my life.

What inspires me to keep living more authentically?

I’ve decide to answer this question not with “what” but “who.”

My friend Virginia, who teaches me to be. My friend Jacki (pictured here giving a talk to 85…

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Added by Deborah Siegel on December 13, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Give the Gift of Inspiration!

For the next 2 weeks, She Writes is devoting the site to a theme: GIVE THE GIFT OF INSPIRATION. We've tapped 10 She Writers who inspire *us* to share a writing prompt between now…

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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

INSPIRATION HQ: What inspires you to…live an authentic life? (Prompt 1 #swinspires)

Giving the GIFT OF INSPIRATION at She Writes. Writing Prompt #1: "What inspires you to…live an authentic life?"



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Added by Inspiration HQ on December 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 14 Comments

Laughing My Ass Off. If You're a Freelancer or a Novelist, You Will Too.

These two Xtranormal videos are killer.



For all the freelancers out there:





For the novelists among… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on December 11, 2010 at 5:47pm — 5 Comments

Editors' Picks: Week of Dec. 6, 2010

Highlights from the Community Blog. (Stay tuned: Holiday round up edition coming soon!)

Querying? Advice from My Agent

by Randy Susan Meyers

Want to make a writer shudder? Ask them if they’ve queried yet. Last year I led a workshop on The Great American Query Letter and the participants shuffled in with the reluctance (not to say dread) of women about to try on…

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Added by Editors Picks on December 10, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

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