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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:

“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized…


Added by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

[REALITY CHECK] Non-Writing Friends – and Why You Should Have Them

Authors, I’m sorry to say, can be a fickle, thankless bunch.


When I started moving deeper in publishing circles as an author and a publisher, I began to meet a lot of wonderful authors, publishers, artists, and others in the industry. I like to say that I’m friends with many of them and even good…


Added by Zetta Brown on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

If She Writes Has Meant Something To You, Please Support Me Today.

Dear She Writers,

Six years ago today, June 29th, Deborah Siegel and I opened the virtual doors of this community, She Writes. Our vision was simple: in the rapidly changing, head-spinningly complex world of publishing, writers--and women writers in particular--needed a place to come together to share…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — 22 Comments

First Line Catches the Reader

Ever hear the phrase The Early Bird Catches the Worm? The writer’s twist would be:

The First Line Catches the Reader

They--the seasoned writers and professionals--say that the first line of any story is the one that gets the reader’s attention and keeps them reading. Of course. Makes sense, right? But I’ve been finding that many indie authors are overlooking this very important lesson. I can’t tell you how many indie books I’ve been asked to read where the…


Added by Dee Ann Waite on June 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — 34 Comments

The Art of Submission: A Confession

Forgive me SheWriters for I have sinned.

It has been three months since my last submission. And, believe me, the hypocrisy of this—the fact that I haven't submitted my work in months and yet continue to give submission advice through this platform—is not lost on me. Every week I've scrambled,…


Added by Emily Lackey on June 24, 2015 at 4:07am — No Comments

Dear Universe: Hi, It's Me Christina...

So here we are . . . Scared to pieces about writing "The Book."  I wanna fully adopt that 'so-cool-don't-care-it's-there-deal-with-it' attitude.

If not for the questions inside.

If you're here you know them: Is it really any good? I mean, would anyone besides my family or close friend actually get past the first page and a) not be horrified or b) not wilt at the occasional (okay, borderline excessive) profanity and innuendo? (P.S. The  "innuendo" is what I am REALLY…


Added by Christina Macaulay on June 4, 2015 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] When the Universe Said Yes!

Have you ever been skipping down life’s path, happy and contented, and had the nagging feeling there was something you were neglecting? Thats what happened when my daughter started high school and our business calmed down enough that I had mornings to myself after years of being busy. …


Added by Leslie Johansen Nack on June 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Got Writer's Block? Step Away From the Keyboard

When I'm working on a book, there's nothing I fear more than staring at my computer screen and not knowing what to write next. I find it paralyzing, nerve-racking, depressing, and downright scary. When I'm writing a book but not actually writing anything, I feel an enormous sense of guilt because I'm not being productive.…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 22, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] When You Aren't Ready to Forgive

This week, people throughout the world watched with horror as the story unfolded of an unspeakable crime in Charleston, South Carolina. We also watched as the family members of the victims stood up and did something unimaginably courageous: They forgave.

I am not going to write about forgiveness in…


Added by Jill Jepson on June 22, 2015 at 7:02am — 2 Comments

Grammergency #14: Is It Ever OK to Be a Grammar Snob?

People’s responses to the fact that I’m a professional editor span a broad spectrum. Some don’t know what an editor even does. Others say, “I’m hopeless with grammar and punctuation; that’s why I pay a copy editor to fix my mistakes for me.” And I often hear, “I’m sure you’ve spotted typos in my e-mails to you—don’t judge.”…


Added by Annie Tucker on June 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

How You (Yes, You) Can Find Time to Write

Maybe you’ve got a day job. Maybe you’ve got kids. Yet you have aspirations to write that novel. Your problem is that you’re not sure when you can make the time.

It’s a common dilemma, and one I’ve spent the past few years studying. From 2013-2014, for a book I wrote called I Know How She Does It, I…


Added by Laura Vanderkam on June 15, 2015 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Who's Going to BlogHer? I've Got A 30% Discount For You.

In a month, I'll be attending one of my favorite conferences on earth, BlogHer, right here in New York City. If you aren't familiar with it, check out the agenda for this year and have your mind blown. This year, I'll be attending…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 21, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Watch out for Run-on Sentences

I recently read two indie books that shared the following problem: they were both infested with run-on sentences. I don't throw around the word "infested" very often, but I'm using it here to make a point. The run-on sentences ruined the reading experience for me. I was so distracted by the errors that I couldn't focus on the stories.…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 8, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

3 Ways to Get Your Writing Plan Back On Track

Credit image: Canva.com


I meant to post this back in March on my old IHeartAllStories Weebly blog. But March was Women’s History Month. And the blog content then focused towards women. Women writers, past and present, celebrating…


Added by Lidy Wilks on June 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Writing the Intimate

“I can’t remember.”

“I don’t know.”



Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 16, 2015 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

[THE WRITERS LIFE] Writing Fatalities

Don't hate me because I'm lucky.

But maybe a little because of this picture...

This is the view out of my window as I finish up this month's blog post. I am in an airy, cool apartment in full view of Vesuvius and the Naples harbor. After colazione this morning, I am hopping on a high…


Added by Cindy Eastman on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Adjusting the Sales - The Life of a Freelance Writer by Trisha Faye

This is perhaps one of the realest reality checks I've presented in my column. Returning She Writer, Trisha Faye presents the early days of her foray into starting her career as a full-time writer. Warts and all.

If anything, it…


Added by Zetta Brown on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words

Kill your darlings. It’s a phrase you’ve all heard, but how many of you have been brave enough to be truly ruthless with your own writing, to cut in a big and bold ways when needed? How many of you have written a too-long manuscript and allowed an editor to go in and hack huge swaths of work…


Added by Brooke Warner on June 15, 2015 at 11:00pm — 33 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] I Have Always Wanted to Be a Writer

In 1962, when I was in first grade, kids learned to write. Kindergarten was a half-day, and there was no pre-K, just nursery school, which was all about playing. While we recited the alphabet endlessly in kindergarten, it wasn’t until first grade that we learned to shape letters on manila paper with wide green lines, and at the same time our facility for reading really took off. It was at this time that I decided I was going to be a writer.

Soon, I was studying the dictionary, writing…


Added by Ellen Sherman on June 10, 2015 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

[Path to Publication] The Silly Little Things I’m Panicking About

My memoir will be in stores in less than a month, I’m getting ready to fly home to the US from Japan (where I live) to see loved ones and do a few small publicity events, and the book is even getting some nice pre-release reviews.


You’d think I’d be on cloud nine. And I am, don’t get me wrong. But I seem to have brought a fair number of neuroses to cloud nine with me. I feel like I should be basking in publication-countdown…


Added by Tracy Slater on June 5, 2015 at 12:00am — 15 Comments

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