“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized…
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…Continue
Added by Zetta Brown on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
Added by Emily Lackey on June 24, 2015 at 4:07am — No Comments
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…Continue
Have you ever been skipping down life’s path, happy and contented, and had the nagging feeling there was something you were neglecting? That’s 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. …Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on June 22, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments
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…Continue
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.”…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Lidy Wilks on June 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
“I can’t remember.”
“I don’t know.”
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue