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When The Line Becomes A Circle

In my new novel, What Is Found, What Is Lost, one of the main protagonists (there are four) reflects that “time was a loop, from now to then and back again.”  Freddie, who changed her name at age twenty-one, and moved Heaven and earth to put a troubled past behind her, finds that the past always lays claim sooner or later.  She has no choice but to accept this, and navigates as best as she can.

Today I find that’s it not so much the past that cannot…


Added by Anne Leigh Parrish on September 2, 2015 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Writing Tip: Be Careful, Don't Overuse Uncommon Gestures and Actions

I recently read a novel in which multiple people winked at the protagonist in the opening pages. I found this quite odd. When was the last time someone winked at you? When was the last time more than one person winked at you? I don't think anyone has ever winked at me. 

As I read on, the winking continued,…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 24, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Announcing: Elizabeth Gilbert Live event + exclusive discount

We have exciting news for the She Writes community! 

She Writes has joined Albert Flynn DeSilver and BrilliantWriter.com to present:

Elizabeth Gilbert Live 

This one-day workshop is being held on November 7, 2015, in Napa Valley, CA. Join us and hear from…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on August 25, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Avoid This Marketing No-No

Yesterday I received a bulk email from an acquaintance about a book his son had recently self-published. The well-crafted, perfectly appropriate message explained that the son had asked his father to forward a note, written by the son, about the book. The father, conscious of spamming his friends,…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Think Differently

Think different.

You just edited me didn't you?

I did the same thing each morning I walked into the computer lab in which I helped the upcoming generation navigate the dangers of the Internet and the vagaries of Microsoft Word. Those Apple Think Different posters hung on the…


Added by Cindy Eastman on August 17, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Catch-22 of Memoir Writing

When I started to write The Butterfly Groove, which follows my search for answers among my mother’s mysteries from her past, a decade after losing her, I had a hope that I set too high on my list of Miracle Writer Tactics. Not only was I going to write a great book…


Added by Jessica Barraco on August 21, 2015 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

We Write to Taste Life Twice

Added by Laurie Buchanan on August 26, 2015 at 11:39am — No Comments


Every month I feature a fellow author on my blog, Creating the WRITE Reality. Someone whose work I admire, and who I have met either in person or online that has enriched my life through publishing, writing, or just reading.

This month, I have a real treat for everyone.…


Added by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on August 27, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments

Podcasting into Possibility

I first met Theo Nestor at Hedgebrook’s Winter Salon. Working to promote the event, I corresponded with Theo via email and was impressed by how timely and thoughtful her responses were.


My favorable impression of Theo resurfaced when I started reaching out for guests for a podcast I started earlier this year.


Like many people, my introduction to podcasts was Sarah Koenig’s Serial. I listened weekly, downloading the newest episodes as they became available.…


Added by Katie Woodzick on August 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Writing Tip: Use Contractions in Dialogue

I recently bought an indie book written by a very nice man I met at a conference a few years ago. He and I have stayed in touch since then, so I wanted to support him and his writing. I really hoped to enjoy his debut novel, but unfortunately I didn't get very far before I put it down for…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 3, 2015 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too

This summer I listened in on an editorial panel at a writers’ conference where I’d been invited to speak. The room was packed with aspiring authors who wanted answers to their editorial questions. There were only four panelists, but ten minutes in, I started to feel the discomfort of the audience with what seemed…


Added by Brooke Warner on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan

Has this happened to you?

It's happened to me. I was outed on the job by someone who worked in a different department, and considering the novel in question is an erotic romance, it made things weird. Especially since the person who found out said they would never read such "filth"...or did…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] What does it take to be an author in today’s market?

Photo: L.G. O'Connor (View from Bob Mayer's home at the Write On The River Retreat)

In June, I attended a writers retreat at the home of New York Times Bestselling author, Bob Mayer with three other writers. Bob generously shared his home for the weekend as we worked on taking a…


Added by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on August 13, 2015 at 3:00am — 18 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] What Happens To Your Journals When You Die?

Last week I read a passage in Shelter Us, a novel by She Writes Press author Laura…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on August 9, 2015 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments


I have done this before. Counted the days and weeks to an important event. One spring many years ago I counted the moments until my wedding, filled with thoughts of pearl-embroidered silk and waltzing with my dear groom to be. While stroking my heavy belly, singing to my unborn baby, I counted the days…


Added by Lene Fogelberg on August 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

It's all in the details

When I was in elementary school, my parents would check my homework each night. Math problems, language arts, all of it. They’d point out errors (before there was a thing called typos) and make me go back and fix it, until I had a clean assignment to turn in. While it would sometimes frustrate me, it…


Added by Jenna Sauber on July 10, 2015 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

She Writes the Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton

I've been eagerly anticipating the release of Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris, a novel in the same WWII genre of historical fiction as my novel Even in Darkness. While waiting, and in celebration of Meg's many contributions as a literary citizen, particularly to other writers, I recently indulged in the pleasure of re-reading The Wednesday Sisters, Meg's earlier novel about five women who formed a writer's group and then became best…


Added by Barbara Stark-Nemon on August 13, 2015 at 1:53pm — 5 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] 3 Strange Questions that Will Breathe Life into Your Characters

Remember the fictional character who seemed so real you forgot she wasn’t? You couldn’t pry yourself from the work until you found out whether she received justice or succeeded at her goal. You cried real tears when she was crushed by failure. You raged when she was treated unfairly—and cheered when she won…


Added by Jill Jepson on August 17, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Engaging with Jon Krakauer

A best-selling author, Jon Krakauer, writes a nonfiction book around acquaintance rape--the subject of my novel, Again and Again. He gets rave reviews. Feminists note that they’ve been making the same points he did for the last several decades, but the media acts as if he’s discovered the subject. The author himself is candid about his late arrival into this sphere--in fact, he’s ashamed that it took him so long to realize how prevalent and harmful acquaintance rape is in our…


Added by Ellen Bravo on July 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 25 Comments

Asked for an Introductory Post

I was asked to start a blog about my writing experience. To be honest, I probably will not be writing a detailed and consistent blog. I'm really busy with writing, though I might post some of my thoughts or experiences.

I began writing in German at age six. I would sit down next to my mom and tell her a story. I would just make it up on the spot. I once thought up a three-minute rhyme and couldn't remember it when I started to write it down. That was my one foray into poetry. While I…


Added by Katrina Katzenbach on August 11, 2015 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

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