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Three Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors

Every author has a different way of getting to the finish line, but is there a best way? Expert Anne Janzer, who wrote a book called The Writer's Process, says the path to publication includes…

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Added by Maria Murnane on February 21, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why She Writes University?

Last year, here at SheWrites.com, the team decided we wanted to launch She Writes University. We looked around at our amazing members and realized what a huge talent pool we had to draw from. We also know how many She Writers want information about how to get published, and we have access to the kinds of agents and…

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Added by Brooke Warner on February 12, 2017 at 8:36am — No Comments

Meet our She Writes University instructors

She Writes University is a seven-week series of online writing workshops and courses, led by bestselling authors and publishing experts. The team here at She Writes has put a lot of focus on curating a semester lineup that meets the needs of both beginning and established writers, even in a single class, and offers up curriculum designed to work with any genre. In fact, She Writes University has been over a year in the…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 13, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] My Book

My book. We all use that phrase: I’ll get to the (laundry, dishes, litter box, job search) just as soon as I finish my book.…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on February 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Editing Too Much Can Hold You Back

Do you spend hours tinkering with a single paragraph to get it just right? I used to do that too. When you're not sure what to write next, do you go back and polish what you've already written? Same here. When I was writing my first novel, Perfect on Paper, I spent a lot of time tweaking every little…

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Added by Maria Murnane on February 13, 2017 at 9:44am — No Comments

5 Authors who are doing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram right

The gift of a writer is certainly the extraordinary ability to create magic with their fingertips on the keyboard or with pen on paper – unfortunately, none of that matters in the publishing world unless your social media game is strong (AKA: an integral part of a writer’s platform).

Some of us bards are gifted with social media savviness while admittedly, some of us are caught in the winds of digital awkwardness. Our inconsistent attempts of inviting our readers into the cocktail of…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 13, 2017 at 1:18pm — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Light Meditation for Dark Times

One of my life intentions is to relish the joy of self-expression. But lately I’ve been reluctant to say what I think, especially on social media and in my blog posts. This is partly because posting anything other than politics these days has felt trivial, and political…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on February 13, 2017 at 10:14am — No Comments

11 Plagiarism Scandals Every Writer Should Know About

Probably you have asked yourself: Why I should know about some plagiarism cases, if I am writer? How this could concern me?



Everyone knows that plagiarism is bad, but why plagiarism cases continue to appear again and again? 



Content writers throughout the world create thousands of articles every day. Not all of these writing pieces are original, because not all writers have high moral standards - some of them think that re-cycle works of…

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Added by Deborah Tolley on February 9, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Take A Class With She Writes: Change Your Writing Life.

“Friends don’t let friends write alone.” -- Deborah Siegel, cofounder of SheWrites.com.

Writing is a lonely business. It’s one of the most well worn clichés of the writing life, but with good reason. It’s hard to do something that nobody else cares whether you do or not. Debbie Siegel and I started She Writes together because we knew that having a community can be one of the most game-changing things in a writers’ life. But community is only one piece of the puzzle.  The…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 8, 2017 at 1:52pm — No Comments

What's your BHAG this year?

It's a new year and if January is any indication, there's no slowing down! With all the changes we're experiencing right now, it's easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of our goals - especially the loftier ones that are sometimes tied to our writing. I loved this post by our She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner - 5 Ways for Writers to "Dig In" in 2017.…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 8, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

One Scene, Three Places

The place in which a scene in a novel is set has a tremendous effect on how the story’s characters will feel and react. The place can also affect how your reader will understand and respond to the scene.

 

In order to understand how place affects a scene, let’s look at a simple dialogue between…

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Added by Bernadette Geyer on February 7, 2017 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Memories Underfoot

I wasn't able to consider the beginning of this new year until I paid homage, granting a nod of respect to the months of 2016. I recalled the places I've been and where I wanted to go but never made it. I refer not only in to the physical places where my feet took me, but also to the thoughtful places in my mind. My feet were the very vehicles that got me to where I wanted to be, and in turn, enabled me to welcome new memories.

I couldn't look forward to treading new paths this year…

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Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on January 2, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Are You Confusing These Words?

The following words are super easy to confuse with each other, so here's a quick explanation of the difference:

Complement/Compliment, Complementary/Complimentary

To complement (verb)is to complete or make whole

  • That necklace really complements your outfit

complement (noun) is something that completes or makes whole

  • That necklace is a great…
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Added by Maria Murnane on January 30, 2017 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

She Writes University gives you access to bestselling authors

Earlier this week, we announced the launch of SHE WRITES UNIVERSITY. This online, webinar-based writing program is the first online writing program to be back by a community of nearly 30,000 female writers (psssst, that's YOU!). In an effort to help you all reach your writing and publishing goals, we've launched our very first semester with SEVEN classes from SEVEN diverse and inspiring…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 30, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments

An Author’s Guide to Book Subtitles

A conversation about book subtitles should always start with genre, as best practices for subtitling vary from genre to genre. Recently, a memoirist I’m working with presented me with a long list of things her…

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Added by Brooke Warner on January 27, 2017 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

How to Publish a Book Traditionally

So you decided that self-publishing is not your game and have invested more professional faith in the traditional route. What are the next steps? Here are the five simple actions to take to publish your book traditionally – but caveat: these steps and endless amount of patience and a boundless determination to never forsake hope on your dreams.

 

Determine the Genre of Your Book

Before one can go forth with sending query letters to agents, aspiring authors must…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 27, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Literary Fiction vs. Commercial Fiction

At some point, every aspiring author asks a very simple but important question: what is the difference between literary fiction and commercial fiction? She Writes is here to demystify the two types of writing and highlight the critical differences in writing each type. Feel free to stow away this knowledge for your next writing event; you’re officially a publishing guru.

 

What is commercial fiction?

Commercial fiction, what most mainstream publishers are…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 25, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

5 Tips For Writing Better Dialogue

One of the greatest writing crafts to conquer is creating engaging and unforgettable dialogue between your characters. Every writer faces the dialogue struggle at some point and often battles through self-criticism until they Google or consult their writing resources with one critical question: how do I write better dialogue? In addition to practice and rewriting, it’s important to absorb a few tricks to add to your writing tool box. Here are five easy ways to write better dialogue, no…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 24, 2017 at 9:45am — No Comments

Scouting locations for book launch parties

Last August I met up with a friend to visit a store I wanted to describe for a scene in the novel I was writing at the time. It was dreadfully hot that day, so after I'd finished my research we made a beeline for a quiet (and air conditioned!) pub on a random side street in Manhattan. After we ordered our drinks I looked around and thought to myself, This would be a great spot to have a book launch party. I didn't even know what the place was called, and it would be months and…

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Added by Maria Murnane on January 23, 2017 at 2:22pm — No Comments

What if you could hire a literary agent by the hour?

Starting another inspiring day writing in community at a woman’s co-working space in Mill Valley, CA, I double-click the She Writes’ book contract to open it. If I want a Spring 2017 publication date, I have 72 hours to sign it. I scan it briefly. It’s the Thursday before a three-day…

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Added by Thais Derich on January 23, 2017 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

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