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Kathryn Harrison: Life After "The Kiss"

By Gretl Claggett

Originally Published on HeadButler.com


In the early 1980s, Kathryn Harrison looked perfect on paper. Tall,…


Added by Gretl Claggett on November 2, 2011 at 7:02am — 6 Comments

NaNoWriMo inspiration from Natalie Goldberg

Happy NaNoWriMo! As today marks the start of what will be a massively busy month, I thought I'd take a second to share an inspiring video originally spotlighted on the NaNoWriMo blog. In it, author Natalie Goldberg shares insight on the value of writing practice and talks about how NaNoWriMo is a great way to jumpstart one's writing practice habits. Hit play to watch:…


Added by Laura on November 1, 2011 at 9:32am — No Comments

SheWriMo: Join the She Writes November Writing Challenge!

Well today is the day -- November 1st.  What does that mean?  For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo 2011, you know exactly what that means.  It is time to get cracking on your attempt at writing a whole novel in just one month!  I love NaNoWriMo (She Writer GRETCHEN RUBIN was the first to…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 1, 2011 at 11:09am — 78 Comments

Finding time for what's important (writing, life etc)

The important things (writing, meditating, taking stock) are often the things we are most likely to put off.

There are lots of reasons for this. One of them is that the most important things can take us into uncomfortable territory and we'd rather stay where we are (even if where we are is…


Added by Satya Robyn on November 1, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Blurb is a Verb: An Entrepreneur Tackles Book Publicity

In May, Kaira Rouda published her debut novel Here, Home, Hope (Greanleaf Book Group 2011).  She has a background in business and is the author of a book about female entrepreneurship.  So I had to ask Kaira: how had her experiences in entrepreneurship prepared her for the hustle that is book publicity?  Is it easier to be “out there” with your fiction if you’ve learned to put yourself “out there” already?

Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 31, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

She Writes Video Moment #6: Shadows and Light

If you have yet to see Miwa Matreyek's extraordinary interweave of video, animation and live shadow play, you are in for a dose of awe. The illusions are so seamless, it's difficult to discern where projections and performance begin and end.

This is the world of wordless poetics, so seemingly simple it enters the realm of epiphany.

Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

The plural of book is NOT book's!

I have a new grammar pet peeve: the use of a possessive apostrophe to denote a plural. In just the past few weeks, I’ve seen the following on signs, menus and posters around New York City:

  • Great gift idea for teacher’s
  • Open Sunday’s and Monday’s
  • We print on tank top’s!
  • Banana’s and mango’s on sale this week…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 26, 2011 at 6:43am — 40 Comments

If You Would Do Me The Honor...I'd Be Very Grateful.

Not to be too blatant about it, but what the heck: if you ever wanted to say thanks for She Writes, I'd love it if you did in the form of a vote for me in …


Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 27, 2011 at 8:30am — 44 Comments

Around She Writes - October 25, 2011

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Added by Mary Keating on October 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What do writers want?

This morning, the pale sky was draped with a grey sheet of clouds. They moved from left to right, as if someone was pulling them into a roll. 

Our cat Fatty snoozed on the chair next to me. My mind drifted to what I was going to write this morning - what I was going to tell you. You're writers. What would you…


Added by Satya Robyn on October 25, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Blurb is a Verb: Working With Book Bloggers, And A Little Help from Jen Karsbaek

There's been a lot of chatter on SheWrites lately about the importance of book bloggers, and the amazing power they have to help get a book "out there." But it’s one thing to appreciate book bloggers and quite another to actually harness this new force in the universe.  Book bloggers are a diverse bunch.  It’s intimidating. So I asked book blogger Jen Karsbaek to weigh in on working with them. Here’s what she had to say.                  

Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

She Writes Video Moment #5: #OccupyWallStreet

     Last Friday, I took the #4 train down to Fulton Street to video-explore the real time history-in-transit that is #OccupyWallStreet at Zuccotti Park/Liberty Square. Though I had been following the stories, the tweets, the memes and viral videos as they traversed social media, I had yet to head south and experience the events firsthand.

     While I expected police personnel, signage, dancing, drumming, tarps and tents, there were many other unexpected observations that met the…


Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 21, 2011 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Around She Writes - October 19, 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.  I am a day late, image if you will, a writer with more deadline than hours in the day – yikes – and I am turning a year older this week. Not only am I growing older, my writing is getting bolder or perhaps just busier!!!  Have a…


Added by Mary Keating on October 19, 2011 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Tell Us: Why Do You Write?

Today is The National Day On Writing.  No, really, it is.  It was officially declared to be so by the Congress, so you know it's for real, and it's sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.  To mark the day, they have posed a…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 20, 2011 at 7:30am — 182 Comments

Rip Van Winkle Parties at Girls Write Now: After the Countdown to Publication

The pub date of September 1 came and went minus fanfare. Understatement: absolutely nothing happened. I wasn’t devastated because I hadn’t expected anything. At least I hadn’t admitted to myself that I had the slightest anticipation of—I don’t even know what, something. Still, faced with the nothing of the day, I did feel a bit downcast, since I had not succeeded in fooling myself. (Yes, I confess that I was hoping for a miracle, even though I don’t believe in them.) But a few short weeks…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on October 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

A Radical Act

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? 

 The world would split open.” 

― Muriel Rukeyser



Twenty years ago, Anita Hill sat in front of a Senate hearing and told her truth at the intersection of race and gender.  She was publically pilloried by a panel of white men. This weekend, at Hunter College, Anita Hill was celebrated by a sold-out, star-studded…


Added by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto on October 18, 2011 at 8:41am — 19 Comments

Am I telling the truth? How to add power to your writing

Recently, I judiciously used the f-word in a blog post.

I was feeling frustrated with myself for not writing my truth. I was suffering. But, more importantly, my writing was suffering. It had…


Added by Satya Robyn on October 18, 2011 at 4:45am — 14 Comments

She Writes Video Moment #4: At Land

When I first saw Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren, it was as if a window flew open in all the houses I ever inhabited. Yes, that kind of weather event.

Visually, Maya Deren broke open the rules on experimental narrative. The links between images create unexpected sentences of allusion and visual epiphany. So what does this mean for writers? A whole host of possibilities for poetics,…


Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 14, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Eight writing tips to help you come alive (and kittens)

As I type, a seven-week old kitten is chewing my toe. Roshi and his sister Tsuki have been living with us for a week now, and they embody exactly the kind of 'coming alive' I'm talking about.

Everything is a toy to them. They are endlessly curious about the world, each other and us. They…


Added by Satya Robyn on October 13, 2011 at 3:07am — 3 Comments

NaNoWriMo Columnist Wanted!

November is National Novel Writing Month! She Writes is looking for a brave participant to blog about her experience taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge -- writing a complete novel within a one month time period -- and that person…

Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 12, 2011 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

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