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Being a Writer

What Recent Book Made You Cry?

What Recent Book Made You Cry?

What recent book made you cry? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) April 13, 2014   @WomenWriters …my bank book… — Gillian Cornwall (@KilaNalu) April 13, 2014   @WomenWriters Me Before You. I sobbed so much i was nearly sick. Thanks for that @jojomoyes x — lisa thompson (@lthompsonwrites) April 13, 2014   @lthompsonwrites sorry! and – […]

April 19, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
On Being a Writer

On Being a Writer

Writing was always something I’d considered as a career. I was good at it; it gave me a voice, and it helped me get through rough patches of my childhood. As a person who always felt unheard, telling stories through writing came quite naturally, and it gave me an outlet to announce my feelings to […]

April 18, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
An MA in writing – is it worth it?

An MA in writing – is it worth it?

Last month, the novelist Hanif Kureishi declared creative writing courses ‘a waste of time.’ The statement seems counterintuitive – Kureishi himself is a teacher of creative writing at Kingston University. Nevertheless, his statement sparked an energetic discussion, with Jeanette Winterson defending her professorship at Manchester University, while the novelist Lucy Ellmann wrote ‘I can’t stand […]

April 14, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Writing Recipes

Writing Recipes

According to a recent poll, 57% of families don’t eat together, and they eat in up to four different rooms. This has not been my family’s experience. The Mystic Cookfire: the sacred art of creating food to nurture friends and family (written by Veronika Sophia Robinson, and illustrated by Sara Simon) is a collection of […]

March 31, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More

How to and Tips

Are You a Real Writer?

Are You a Real Writer?

When I was in my twenties, I considered myself a writer. After all, I’d been the editor of my college literary magazine, and had won several writing contests while in school. It didn’t matter to me that the only writing I’d done since graduation was in notebooks kept under the bed, or that it was […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

Since graduating college, I’ve been a magazine journalist. The first half of my career I spent on staff as an editor at various women’s magazines, the second half as a freelance writer. I have loads of advice to share for the newly graduated who have the same dream I did — to see your name […]

April 10, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

Florida Frenz is the autistic teen author of “How to Be Human, Diary of an Autistic Girl”  She explains to us what writing means to her. I have special needs. There. No hiding, just the straight up blunt truth. I have autism, hypotonia, dysgraphia and, before intense therapy, some kind of reading disability. There’s also […]

April 2, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
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 | 15 Replies More

On publishing

The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

Your draft is done. You’ve re-read it a dozen times and you can’t stand to be near it another minute. Cleaning the bathroom is starting to sound more appealing than revising your book yet another time. Well, it sounds like you’re ready to work with an editor! Hiring a freelance editor is one of the […]

March 27, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

This month, three judges decide the winner of the 2nd Mslexia Unpublished Novel Competition. Someone is about to receive a life-changing phone call. Two years ago, I was that woman. I never imagined I would be. Fairytales are for other folk. I’d lost faith in my writing ‘getting anywhere’: indeed, I’d lost faith in my […]

January 31, 2014 | By | 18 Replies More
Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Writing from the edge of the world, wanting to tell our stories, our many stories that are also part of the romance, the history, the poetry of the world, it is not so easy to make ourselves heard. Even as globalization continues to be a buzz word, it is the unique particularities of lives everywhere […]

January 27, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity is something that doesn’t really work in the publishing world. We are wisely warned to be patient, to practice and hone our craft, to ask for as much feedback from other writers and editors as possible before pressing send or wrapping our bundle into a FedEx envelope. And yet, three weeks ago I felt […]

November 6, 2013 | By | 9 Replies More

On Book 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 | 15 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 | 46 Replies More

Recent Essays

Failure First, Success Second

Failure First, Success Second

I failed at getting my first novel published and I stopped writing. I wrote a young adult science fiction novel while also playing Division I college basketball at the University of Richmond. Writing helped me cope with the various pressures and expectations in athletics and academics. Working on that story allowed me to escape when […]

April 8, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
The #iamsubject Project with Diane DeBella

The #iamsubject Project with Diane DeBella

Join the #iamsubject project! Diane DeBella, our Site Sponsor through June 5, 2014, is launching the #iamsubject Project inviting girls and women to participate in increasing awareness of the need for girls and women to stay subject of their own lives. She is inviting you to write your own #iamsubject story on your blog or […]

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Doctors Writing about Patients

Doctors Writing about Patients

I’m judgemental. It is my job to express opinions. Is it cancer? Is this patient about to break down? Will antibiotics cure this cough? Will this person be well in a week? So is it right for me to write about my work? I certainly don’t want to write about the patients who annoy me, […]

March 26, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Family Involvement in writing; Reluctant, Conscripted or Volunteered?

Family Involvement in writing; Reluctant, Conscripted or Volunteered?

‘Is writing, your family trade?’ was a recent question at a literary festival. I hadn’t thought of authorship that way before,  the answer probably  is ‘yes.’ My family has done the ‘word’ apprenticeship voluntarily, reluctantly or been conscripted. The family of a writer can’t help involvement in books, either reading them, inspiring or being captured […]

March 23, 2014 | By | 10 Replies More
A Treasure of Letters

A Treasure of Letters

Years ago, I discovered a trove of letters in my backyard.   I had just become the owner of an old house and when I went to clear out the weed-choked yard, I found, hidden in a broken-down shed, a steamer trunk.  The trunk was sagging with rot but still tightly closed and sealed.  When […]

March 18, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Childless writers: should we use the childbirth metaphor for the act of writing?

Childless writers: should we use the childbirth metaphor for the act of writing?

Last year I finished a novel. Three years of sweat and tears, false starts, protracted labour, the wish that I’d never conceived it in the first place. I had an eerie sense that it was attached to me by an umbilical cord, but once it was done it had a life somehow distinct and separate, […]

March 18, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
12 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews

12 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews

12 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews There are a number of steps to take to write a good book review, but the most valuable tip of all may be this one: remember that book reviews have more than one audience. They aren’t only for readers. Book reviews are valuable to the book author who […]

Don’t have a Facebook Page yet? Reconsider…

Don’t have a Facebook Page yet? Reconsider…

Don’t have a Facebook Page? Reconsider… Most important, it enables anyone who wants a connection with you, to easily click, without personally bothering (interrupting, daring to request friendship of…) you. It shows up in Google searches (and Bing and Yahoo searches), as the FB pages are public. It is what was intended by Facebook, for […]

How To Write What You Know

How To Write What You Know

 At some point, all writers get told to “write what you know.” It’s part of the landscape of a writer’s life, like being told, “I’d love to write, but I’d never find the time,” or being cornered at parties by bores panting to impart long tedious anecdotes that “would make a good novel.” In the […]

March 11, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More
Untranslatable Words

Untranslatable Words

Earlier this year we were captivated by an article in the Huffington Post called Untranslatable Words by author and illustrator Ella Frances Sanders. When we found  out she was writing book about the subject, we contacted her to ask her if she could tell us more.  Writing this book was less of an actual decision […]

March 10, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More