WRITING

Is It Chick Lit? Is It Not Chick Lit? What Do We Call It?

Is It Chick Lit? Is It Not Chick Lit? What Do We Call It?

In The Writer on Her Work, Vol. 1, an essay collection edited by Janet Sternburg and published in 1980, Mary Gordon writes, “I have been told by male but not by female critics that my work was ‘exquisite,’ ‘lovely,’ ‘like a watercolor.’ They, of course, were painting in oils. They were doing important work.” Three […]

October 20, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz, born in Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter and has lived in Manchester since she was nine.  Her books have been published in numerous countries and translated into various languages. We asked her if she could tell us about her latest research for her novel based in Morocco. Apart from journalism, research […]

October 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell is an actress and well loved CBeebies presenter and one of the few visibly disabled presenters on television.  She wrote a wonderful piece for us last year (read it here) and we’re delighted to feature her again! Before I had my daughter, writing was a love which wove in and out of my […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Louisa Treger’s biographical novel about Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf,  intrigues. Who was Dorothy Richardson? These days, Dorothy Richardson is a name few are familiar with; her work is overshadowed by that of her more famous peer, Virginia Woolf. Yet in her time, Dorothy was something of a cult figure. She was hailed as […]

October 14, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
You Are Not Unique

You Are Not Unique

My love of writing didn’t come to light until I actually sat down and did it formally. It wasn’t until a topic stirred me with such intensity that it made me realize that maybe it was worth sharing with the world. Once I put my proverbial pen down to rest, and sat back to admire […]

October 5, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

Which Writing Self is me?

Which Writing Self is me?

Do you know what’s propelling you forward and what’s holding you back in your writing and in your life? I do, thanks to a self awareness exercise** I do periodically. It’s helped me realise why it’s taken me over a year (and counting) to write the dreaded second novel while the first only took about […]

October 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
5 Writing Rules We Break!

5 Writing Rules We Break!

Rules schmules! Call us rebellious, but when it comes to writing, we think some rules were made to be broken. Never start a sentence with a conjunction. So I have impeccable grammar, if I do say so myself. The basics, I like to proudly declare, I’ve pretty much got down. It’s versus its. There, their […]

October 9, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
You Too Can Write Your Memoir

You Too Can Write Your Memoir

Four years ago if someone had told me I’d write a book, I would’ve told them they had mistaken me for someone else. For a real writer. Everything I’d written up to that point either had to do with college papers, my thesis, reports for work, or online articles on gardening in the desert. But […]

October 1, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Menopause and Writing

Menopause and Writing

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk […]

September 29, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

It is now five months since the publication of my debut novel. Five months. That’s all. I am a mere baby in a world full of writing grown-ups, who have double-figure novels to their name and impressive awards to add to their author bio. And yet, in those few months, I have learnt so much […]

September 10, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More

PUBLISHING

Publishing : Has anything changed since the 19th century?

Publishing : Has anything changed since the 19th century?

While researching my new biography, La Belle Créole, I unexpectedly discovered the vibrant literary world of early nineteenth-century Paris. And surprisingly, that world was not that dissimilar from our own. My subject, Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, Countess Merlin – was a fascinating, multitalented woman. After a complex and tumultuous early life in Cuba and […]

September 27, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Getting In

Getting In

As Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, either you’re in, or your out. The world of publishing works this way, too. There are barriers and hurdles to get over, doors to walk through, people who welcome you, and those who turn their backs. This is the story of how I got in, and why some […]

September 23, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
A Look at Traditional Publishing

A Look at Traditional Publishing

The world of publishing is changing faster than anyone could ever have imagined. And it is true that there is much lamentation over the fact. But for authors, these changes have meant that a host of opportunities have presented themselves. Never before have creative writers had as many options as we do today. As with […]

June 26, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Why I Chose to Self-Publish

Why I Chose to Self-Publish

I’m sure there are some who write entirely for themselves, but most of us do so for other people. But how do you get your words turned into a book, so that your story can be shared? The traditional route was to attract an agent. He or she would then go on to find a […]

June 16, 2014 | By | 10 Replies More
Seven Reasons You’re Publishing Too Soon

Seven Reasons You’re Publishing Too Soon

If you’re like many of us, the chance to publish a book of our own writing is like arriving in the promised land. It is the holy grail, an elixir, a blissful intoxication. Seeing our work in print can’t come soon enough! I’ve felt that way. (Still do every time a new edition of When […]

May 1, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More

MARKETING

Daunted by Book Promotion? Don’t be.

Daunted by Book Promotion? Don’t be.

I am a dreamer. When two years ago I was told that Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey had a sister who lived in Chipping Campden, I believed it was destiny. My novel is set in Chipping Campden, I live in Chipping Campden, he was obviously meant to write the film script […]

March 20, 2014 | By | 25 Replies More
The Lost Boys: From Wattpad to 3 book Publishing Deal with Random House

The Lost Boys: From Wattpad to 3 book Publishing Deal with Random House

Lilly Carmine started sharing her story “The Lost Boys” on WATTPAD in 2010. It became the most read with thirty three million reads. And then nothing short of a miracle happened. Read about her road to publication. The Story behind The Lost Boys The journey began for me with the seed of a purpose my husband handed […]

November 17, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Whatever your Dreams…

Whatever your Dreams…

Roz Morris has been a good friend of Women Writers, Women Books and written for us before. We invited her to give us an update on what she was doing, not our usual guest essay. – Anora McGaha, Editor In May I released the second book in my Nail Your Novel series. Fans have been […]

September 9, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
You’re a Writer. Now Act Like One!

You’re a Writer. Now Act Like One!

My entire life had been in a single large city.  I loved the important hustle of the daytime and the somewhat dangerous excitement of the night. Art and fabulous food fed my deeper cravings. Still, I always felt that my forever life was waiting for me somewhere drastically different.  On impulse, I moved to San Diego, […]

September 6, 2013 | By | 60 Replies More
Alternative History…What if women were in charge?

Alternative History…What if women were in charge?

A small child, curls bobbing on a head she’s forgotten to cover with the sunhat her mother insists on, crouches down on a Roman mosaic floor in north-east Spain. Mesmerised by the purity of the black and white pattern, the craftsmanship and the tiny marble squares, she almost doesn’t hear her father calling her to […]

September 5, 2013 | By | 10 Replies More

BY SPONSORS

Memoir Writing Tips

Memoir Writing Tips

Heidi Siefkas wrote a memoir about her extraordinary story of survival. We asked her if she could share some memoir writing tips with us. Writing a memoir is an all-in, unveiling of your most private experiences to the world. It’s not a sneak peek, but the whole enchilada whether good, bad, or Montezuma’s revenge. I’m […]

September 1, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Memoir Competition Mslexia

Memoir Competition Mslexia

There are some amazing competitions for women writers! We didn’t want you to miss this one! Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is for full-length memoirs from unpublished memoirists. The only competition of its type in the UK, Mslexia is looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s […]

June 15, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
The Highs and Lows of Writing

The Highs and Lows of Writing

When Women Writers, Women’s Books  suggested that I should do another blog I was cautious. What should the subject be? Perhaps I could write on the pleasure of getting an option for a three part TV series for my novel Burnt Norton, but there are many options taken out each year on many books. Some […]

June 4, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
Five Life Lessons from Women Writers

Five Life Lessons from Women Writers

We are at the mid-point in US Author Diane DeBella’s two month sojourn as our Site Sponsor. Her passion for the power of truth-telling to help keep girls and women subject of their (our) own lives is refreshing and motivating. We are collecting stories from readers for an #IAmSubject anthology. As a special concession to […]

May 30, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More
Trilogy Writing Tips

Trilogy Writing Tips

Alison Morton shares her Trilogy Writing Tips with us! This June,  the third book in my Roma Nova thriller series, SUCCESSIO, is out in the world. But as I raise a glass of bubbly with friends, fans and fellow writers to celebrate, I can’t help but smile. When I started my first novel, INCEPTIO, I […]

May 30, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More

MEMOIRS

Memoir Competition Mslexia

Memoir Competition Mslexia

There are some amazing competitions for women writers! We didn’t want you to miss this one! Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is for full-length memoirs from unpublished memoirists. The only competition of its type in the UK, Mslexia is looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s […]

June 15, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
In Defense of True Stories

In Defense of True Stories

I know, I know, agents are not interested in memoir, yet they openly admit they don’t know what sells. So why do we listen to them? It’s crazy because “Based on a True Story” sells. True stories are Hollywood’s darlings, and when we settle into our seats getting ready to watch a film and the […]

June 11, 2014 | By | 10 Replies More
Reviewing Memoirs: Do You Cross the Line?

Reviewing Memoirs: Do You Cross the Line?

“Stick to the writing!” In workshops as we respond to a memoir piece someone has just read, I remind myself and others that there’s a dangerous line we cross when we don’t stick to the writing. Hearing a personal story written candidly, spontaneously, with no attempts at camouflage, it’s easy to respond with empathy, “oh, you […]

May 30, 2014 | By | 27 Replies More
The #IAmSubject Project

The #IAmSubject Project

We received over seventy submissions for the #iamsubject project.   The #iamsubject project is follow-up project to Diane DeBella’s memoir, I Am Subject, and is about learning from the lives of women writers so we can change the course of our lives. Diane’s memoir was made available at $2.99 through her sponsorship period to make it more affordable to share decades of […]

I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

Meet US Author Diane DeBella. She’s is our Site Sponsor through early June 2014. Her book “I Am Subject” is highly relevant to each of us as women, and as women writers. It is about being subject of our own lives, not objects, not adjuncts to the lives of others. Stay a while. Linger here and […]

April 26, 2014 | By | 23 Replies More

Recent Essays

Art From the Heart – Getting Out of the Way of Your Own Writing

Art From the Heart – Getting Out of the Way of Your Own Writing

There is a persistent idea in the West of the artist (not just we writers but artists of all types) as tortured creatures, pulling art out of ourselves in the way hara-kiri warriors once ripped out their own entrails. The unbearable weight of dragging art out in this way inevitably takes its toll and thus […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
From Journalist to Children’s Author

From Journalist to Children’s Author

It’s a funny thing, the permanency of a book. In the past month or so, I’ve been lucky enough to hold in my hands a book that I wrote – Celia and Nonna, illustrated by Kayleen West. Lucky, because over the past few years an element of Powerball lottery has crept into the traditional publishing […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Coming Back to Writing

Coming Back to Writing

When I was a little girl I made a choice. At least I thought I did. I was nine years old. Mousey and a bit serious. I only cared about two things – reading teenage horror novels and Westlife. My Aunt was allaying herself of some furniture – she had a beautiful house – and […]

September 25, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
What is the Best Thing About Writing?

What is the Best Thing About Writing?

What is the best thing about writing? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters To have written — Kathleen Fordyce (@KathleenFordyce) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters Serves as a catharsis. #writing — Sarai (@sarah_rahman) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters Writing is the only thing that stops me from ruminating about the things I know I can’t […]

September 21, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper

On the morning of Friday, May 30, my husband and I got a call from India: my mother was in critical condition and hospitalized in New Delhi. I thought it was a bad joke because (a) My Mom wasn’t sick. I had barely spoken with Mom two days ago and promised to cook, Kalam Polow, a […]

September 19, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

The first guest post I wrote for WWWB was about me (you can read it here) but this time, it’s kind of about everyone else. And so it begins. The name of my book is Lost in Translation. It has my name on the cover, but for now that’s irrelevant. I’ve lived with that title […]

September 16, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More