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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…

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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,…

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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…

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

Around She Writes - October 12, 2011



Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week

 

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Added by Mary Keating on October 12, 2011 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

Lesson learned from American Idol

In last week's post, I talked about the importance of creating a brief, compelling description of your book as you begin your marketing efforts. In addition to your hook, I also recommend creating a longer description - a paragraph or so - that provides a bit more detail.

Just don't tell me how amazing your book is!

People don't like to be told what to think. We like to be presented with the facts so that we may form our own opinions from there. If you tell readers how…

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 11, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments

Author Jenna Blum tells Blurb is a Verb: How Book Clubs Saved My Life

SheWriters, I bring you an incredible success story by New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum.  She helped march her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers up the charts in the most amazing way.  I get shivers reading this.  Jenna, take it away! —Sarah P.

By Jenna Blum
When my first…
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Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 18 Comments

She Writes Video Moment #3: Art Morphs!

If you have never time-tripped through this video morphology of Western Art, you are in for a visual eye-pop. Wowness quotient at its best on the tech side, this display reveals a great deal about 500 years of Western beauty definitions and our learned attraction to a certain type of blue-eyed symmetry, even as Dali and Picasso enter the vernacular. While definitely a guy genius view of womanhood and "the muse", it offers fly-bys and window views on perspective, a key to writing in any… Continue

Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 7, 2011 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Friday Inspiration - Giving Back

I've mentioned on Twitter in the past week an effort among the bloggers in the community to give back . A lot of bloggers get involved in link ups as a way to introduce themselves to others in the blogosphere.

 

Wouldn't it be great if we could channel that effort into helping…

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Added by Amber Medina West on September 23, 2011 at 10:23am — 3 Comments

Grab Readers' Attention with Your Hook

If a complete stranger walked up to you on the street and said, "I've written a scary novel that is a real page turner...You should totally buy it," chances are you'd nod politely and quickly walk away. However, if that same person pointed across the street and said, "Is that George Clooney?" I'm willing to bet you'd turn and look. Am I right?

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 4, 2011 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Is Fear Keeping You From Doing What You Love? The Typewriter Doctor can Help You With That.

Last week I blogged about my plan to write my new novel of a sixty-year Smith Corona. I bought the machine on Etsy and the ad promised that it “works.” Well, it did work, a little bit. It worked enough to type my name, but it wasn’t in true working order. The seller thought I just sort of wanted the typewriter as a conversation piece. She didn’t understand that I was actually going to use the… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on August 31, 2011 at 6:33am — 1 Comment

5 Questions for Priscilla Gilman: On the Art of Memoir Writing about Motherhood and her Journey of Self-Discovery

 



Priscilla Gilman, whose book, The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy, was published by Harper in May 2011, is a former professor of English literature at Yale University and Vassar College.  She writes…

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Added by Cori Howard on October 4, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Around She Writes - October 4, 2011



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Added by Mary Keating on October 4, 2011 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

Blurb is a Verb: Author Carolyn Parkhurst Has Some Fun With Author Swag

Sarah: Wow, Carolyn Parkhurst!  Everyone is talking about your hysterical new book trailer / video.  How did you come up with such a wonderful mockery of authors overdoing it?

Carolyn: This idea—like so many things related to book promotion--grew out of a sense of futility.  It seems like authors have such a brief window of time to make people aware of their books and hope that they buy them, and I was trying to figure out if there was anything I could do…

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Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 3, 2011 at 7:53am — 3 Comments

Keeping the She Writes Community Safe

Hello Fellow She Writers,

 

The She Writes community, as you all know, is a wonderful place to connect with other writers, learn more about the craft, and talk about what you're working on.

 

Part of keeping this community a fabulous place to be is preventing the evil four letter word: SPAM.…

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Added by Amber Medina West on September 30, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

She Writes Video Moment #2: Doodling

        This recent TedTalks by Sunni Brown gets at a key piece of the creative life: the need for doodling. Granted, "doodle" is a silly word (it rhymes with "noodle" so yes, fun incarnate.) But "serious" writers and artists devoting "serious" "disciplined" time to a daily writing and creative practice, might not want to admit to doodling, daydreaming, or playing around.

        Sunni Brown reveals how scribbling enhances memory, while hinting at what this oft-maligned activity means…

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Added by Kathleen Sweeney on September 30, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

When you're hanging on by a thread... find refuge in writing

I have chosen several threads to run through my life. I am a therapist. I am a writer. I am a Pureland Buddhist. I grow things.

 

Sometimes I think I must be mad.

 

I have a therapy practice. My clients are often in desperate places. I'm on my own. The work is…

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Added by Satya Robyn on September 29, 2011 at 2:30am — 10 Comments

Editors, Agents, She Writers, Oh My! Your Discount on BlogHer Writers '11

Some day She Writes will organize a conference, but until then, we are thrilled to be a part of the next best thing -- BlogHer's first-ever conference for writers, in New York City on October 21st.  BlogHer's…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 28, 2011 at 1:14pm — 6 Comments

The Future of Book Publishing?



Several years ago now, my friend Margie McKinley from the University of Michigan sent me a paperback book that had been printed on demand in just a few minutes, with a note that it was one of the first to come off one of the first espresso machines. I'm going to tell you, if she hadn't told me that, I would have assumed it came from a mass printing, like a traditional book. The video above shows the machine in action. For a longer, more detailed look at… Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on September 27, 2011 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Four Things the Right Agent Can Do For You

 

  FOUR THINGS YOUR AGENT CAN DO FOR YOU

 

If you hope to sell your book to a large mainstream press for a hefty advance (or even a not-so-hefty advance) it’s almost impossible to do this without an agent.    Agents not only wield a lot of power, but they’re also the only people who are…

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Added by Kim Wright on September 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

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