WRITING

The Effects of Hormones on the Creative Process: the secret ingredient

The Effects of Hormones on the Creative Process: the secret ingredient

As a researcher and writer, beyond other things, I am a woman and I feel the natural fluctuation of hormones throughout the month. I recognize these recurring periods as a time that brings about changes in moods, interests, desires, and concentration – all components to which influence my creating and thus my writings. In general, […]

July 26, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
You don’t need support to write: you own your own words

You don’t need support to write: you own your own words

This week @WomenWriters asked on Twitter: How does your family view your writing? Are they supportive? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) July 20, 2014 My initial response was pretty harsh. @WomenWriters Conversations like this can mislead. We don’t need family support or approval to write. — Racheline Maltese (@racheline_m) July 20, 2014 Who needs support? And […]

July 23, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
The Poetic World of Emily Brontë

The Poetic World of Emily Brontë

We have all read a novel or poem at one time in our lives, maybe in high school or college, and then read it later in life and experienced the work in a different way — usually finding meaning that was absent the first time around. For example, I read Catcher in the Rye in […]

July 18, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
La Belle Creole: Cuba’s earliest Female Author

La Belle Creole: Cuba’s earliest Female Author

Alina García-Lapuerta is the biographer of María de las Mercedes de Santa Cruz y Montalvo (often called La Belle Créole), Cuba’s earliest female author. What does writing a biography involve? We asked her. How do you decide to recreate someone’s life? What drives you down a path that twists and turns and often leads to dead […]

July 11, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
What is the best book by a woman writer you’ve read this year? #readwomen2014

What is the best book by a woman writer you’ve read this year? #readwomen2014

What is the best book by a woman writer you’ve read this year? We asked you on twitter. Here are your answers! #readwomen2014 @WomenWriters It’s a draw between Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend. #readomwne2014 — Isabel Ferreira (@isa_m_ferreira) July 10, 2014 @WomenWriters A God in Every Stone by @kamilashamsie — […]

July 10, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

How do stories come to you?

How do stories come to you?

We asked on Twitter, you answered! How do stories come to you? Do you visualise them or do you actually hear the words? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) July 28, 2014 @WomenWriters like movies playing scene by scene, sometimes just a line or two, or a location, a name or a feeling in my gut #amwriting […]

July 29, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Writing Tips: 10 Mistakes to avoid

Writing Tips: 10 Mistakes to avoid

Joanne Harris, @Joannechocolat, is one of our favorite authors on twitter. If you do not follow her yet, you should! We collected ten of her writing tips from last week: Today’s #TenTweets continue my series of tips for writers. Today, it’s Ten Mistakes To Avoid. And yes, I’ve made them all at one time… — […]

July 14, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Creative Writing Groups for Children

Creative Writing Groups for Children

Jilly Henderson Long set up a creative writing group for children, and shares her experiences with us! How lucky was I back in the spring of 2012 to get the chance to start a creative writing group for local 6 – 11 year olds?  As someone who had also started young – and with several […]

July 6, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Women Writers and Guilt: We Have to Learn to Let It Go

Women Writers and Guilt: We Have to Learn to Let It Go

 Gloria Steinem once said, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” Her words ring true for many of us writers. On my best days – the days when I’m in the zone and the words are flying through me and onto the page […]

June 14, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
Writers’ Workshops, or Workouts

Writers’ Workshops, or Workouts

Have you attended creative writing workshops where so much time is spent in ‘getting into groups’, trying to agree on the ‘task’, filling huge sheets of paper with glurpy scribble from a frayed marker, and listening to all the ‘feedback’ that you forgot what the exercise was supposed to achieve? The benefits from writers’ exchanging […]

June 9, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More

PUBLISHING

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 | 5 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 | 8 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
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 | 12 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 | 26 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 | 56 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 | 8 Replies More

BY SPONSORS

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 | 16 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 | 8 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
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 | 15 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 | 5 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 | 25 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

Succesful Querying: It’s Not All About The Letter.

Succesful Querying: It’s Not All About The Letter.

I don’t remember the year, but I remember the date. It was December 26th and I was at my parents’ house for the holidays. My guard was down. Without a thought, I opened my email and found in bold face font yet another agent’s rejection. There was nothing cruel about the rejection. It was probably […]

July 16, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
Introducing Chialin Yu

Introducing Chialin Yu

I’m Chialin Yu, a recently graduated high school student born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. My parents taught me the value of literature. They are both avid readers who read all kinds of authors, settings and genres. My father always brought me books as gifts from his business trips. Because of their influence I’ve grown […]

July 10, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Putting flesh Upon The Bones ~ Using Creative Non-fiction to Tell Her Story

Putting flesh Upon The Bones ~ Using Creative Non-fiction to Tell Her Story

When Judy Pollard Smith came across an article on missionary Alice Seeley Harris, whose photographs brought down the Belgian Congo, she couldn’t believe she’d never heard of her before. Intrigued, she began to research, which led to her writing a biography of Alice, the woman she calls the mother of all human rights work. This […]

July 3, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Mighty Forces

Mighty Forces

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. – Albert Einstein. We’ve all experienced magic when writing. Writers speak of the process and the product as: […]

June 30, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
How quickly do you share your work?

How quickly do you share your work?

We asked you on twitter… How quickly do you share you work with others? Straight away when you have an idea? The first chapter? Or only once you’ve finished? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) June 27, 2014 @WomenWriters I used to never show anyone anything. Now I try to make it a regular challenge to share, […]

June 28, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Clichés – drag or opportunity?

Clichés – drag or opportunity?

In my Twitter profile, I define myself as an ‘enemy of set phrases and cliches.’ Nothing makes me feel like putting down a novel like two, three, four, five cliches strung together without any self-awareness, any twist or turn, not even the faintest attempt at turning into something mildly interesting – what kind of original […]

June 23, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More