WRITING

Up the Ante on Exposing Yourself

Up the Ante on Exposing Yourself

The retreat leader, a New York Times bestselling author, had scribbled those six daunting words in blue ink and all caps across the back of page seven. I already felt plenty exposed. Not only had I laid bare the first ten pages of my fledgling memoir, I was revealing my work to eight strangers who, […]

March 26, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
“This Is How It Goes.”

“This Is How It Goes.”

Allow me to set the scene – You recently completed writing the most difficult story of your career. You pulled it off! Your exhaustive research came through. The ending poured out of you like liquid diamonds. You redid the ending of your last novel a dozen times. This time, it felt like the story was […]

March 23, 2015 | By | 10 Replies More
In Defense of Fluff

In Defense of Fluff

“Anyway, it’s not a bad book. I just felt like it was more fluff than anything else.” That is a direct quote from a Goodreads review for one of my books and it doesn’t bother me at all.  Yes, you read that correctly — it does not bother me at all that  someone thinks a […]

March 9, 2015 | By | 30 Replies More
Writing in Community: You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Writing in Community: You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Laura Munson is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling memoir “This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness” She tells us why writing in community can bring out people’s voice. “I write in a solitude born out of community”—Terry Tempest Williams I am home from […]

March 5, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

An anthology? How hard could that be? Great idea. Get other writers. Everyone already loves the title. “It’s just way more work than you can imagine. Even if you imagine a lot of work, it’s more.” Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon It was at least five years ago when the percolating began. You know what […]

February 28, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

We all know how much the world of publishing has changed in the last few years. The gatekeepers have been swept away by self-publishing. Anyone can write a book, and offer it for sale on Amazon. And anyone can write a review and post it. So much democracy! So much freedom! Is this a good […]

March 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

I recently had a woman come on my Haven Writing Retreat and say, “I learned more in five days of Haven than in my entire MFA program…and I’m still paying it off six years later!” I hear this sort of overture all too often, and it concerns me. I also hear, “I’m still chiseling my […]

March 21, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
Write for Victory!

Write for Victory!

Apologies in advance for starting this post with a negative thought, but it has to be said: there is a lot of disappointment in the business of writing. It is an inescapable part of the job which can make it difficult (to say the least) to keep moving forward, to keep trying, to keep writing. […]

March 18, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Survival Guide to Writing an (e)Book Series

Survival Guide to Writing an (e)Book Series

There have been many interesting things I’ve discovered about being a published author over the past twelve months, and many challenges that I wasn’t expecting, including the amount of time edits take, the need for exhaustive promo and the sheer amount of hours required at the laptop. Last summer I was presented with one of […]

March 16, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
The Literary Salon And How To Have One

The Literary Salon And How To Have One

A literary salon is all about exploring the riches of one’s heart. Contrary to what I have believed, it seems that Les Grandes Dames des Salons Parisiens were not the first to start that noble tradition during the sixieme et septieme siecles. Others got there first. The poet and scholar, Al-Khanas, recited her poetry en […]

March 12, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More

PUBLISHING

Can a Self-Published Author Have an Agent?

Can a Self-Published Author Have an Agent?

Can a self-published/independent author have an agent? Surely, it’s a contradictory state? Well, no, not in today’s publishing world. Last May, I signed with A for Authors literary agency to represent me for subsidiary and foreign rights. As the congratulations flowed in, I was a little overwhelmed by the lovely things people said on Facebook […]

March 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

Okay, ladies: It’s almost springtime. You’ve spent the winter tightening up that manuscript, writing the (gulp!) first 30 drafts of your query letter, and you’re ready to hit “send.” It’s Agent Time. And you, fellow writer, are on your way to getting published. No, no, wait. Not yet. DO NOT SEND THAT LETTER. Read this […]

March 2, 2015 | By | 9 Replies More
Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

An anthology? How hard could that be? Great idea. Get other writers. Everyone already loves the title. “It’s just way more work than you can imagine. Even if you imagine a lot of work, it’s more.” Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon It was at least five years ago when the percolating began. You know what […]

February 28, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Women Writing Women

Women Writing Women

Like most of us, I began writing with the hope of creating the kind of novels I most wanted to read. While I tried to figure out what that was, I was lucky to land a minor ghostwriting job, which led to more. Writing as someone else came easily. I could submerge in another person’s […]

February 25, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
Quick Guide to Self-Publishing

Quick Guide to Self-Publishing

The stigma around self-publishing is still strong. ‘If it’s a good enough manuscript it will find a publisher,’ is an oft repeated phrase (particularly by those who have found a publisher). After thirty years of writing, honing my crafting and, yes, on occasion being traditionally published, I no longer believe this to be true. Yet […]

January 26, 2015 | By | 10 Replies More

MARKETING

The Third Stage of Writing: The Promotional Stuff

The Third Stage of Writing: The Promotional Stuff

Sometimes as writers we need to push ourselves to do things we don’t necessarily feel comfortable with. I’m not talking about the content or the writing process here, but the stuff that comes after publication. The promotional side of things. Like a lot of writers, I am fairly introverted and a fairly private person. So […]

December 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
What Makes You Pick Up A Book?

What Makes You Pick Up A Book?

What makes you pick up a book and read it? The cover? The blurb? The title? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) December 3, 2014 @WomenWriters Cover, recommendations, sometimes award thingies on the front, author’s name…many, many things. — Heather Wheat (@hwheaties) December 3, 2014 @WomenWriters An interest in the subject matter, the title, and the endorsements. […]

December 5, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
What Do You Mean I Have to Market My Writing?

What Do You Mean I Have to Market My Writing?

We all start with different decks. Some with no cards. Some with no money. Some not even at the table. It’s not fair. There’s nothing fair about it. Maybe it will never be fair. But if you want to play, if I want to play, whatever odds I was given, them’s the odds I got. […]

November 24, 2014 | By | 10 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 | 29 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

BY SPONSORS

How Courageous Are You?

How Courageous Are You?

Since publishing my own story a year ago, and gathering the stories of  women who wished to share their truths in a collaborative anthology, I have been reminded just how difficult it can be to put our truths out into the world. Sharing our stories makes us vulnerable to criticism and judgment. Yet our life […]

November 5, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More
Qaisra Shahraz: Researching a Novel in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz: Researching a Novel 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 | 3 Replies More
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
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 | 16 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

FICTION

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 | 13 Replies More
Growing a Thick Skin by K. A. Laity

Growing a Thick Skin by K. A. Laity

Dorothy Parker’s work may be awash with cynicism, but so often she is right on the money. In her wistful poem “Observation” she considers doing better with her life—getting to bed early, abstaining from riotous overindulgence and undoubtedly completing the work for overdue deadlines. But in the end the famous wit concludes, But I shall […]

November 27, 2013 | By | 34 Replies More
Under “A Different Sun” – with Elaine Neil Orr

Under “A Different Sun” – with Elaine Neil Orr

US Author and Professor of English at NC State University, Elaine Neil Orr [ENO] answers WWWB’s Anora McGaha’s [WW] questions about A Different Sun her first novel telling the story of a US slave owner’s daughter who marries a missionary and moves to Africa, where her worldview is turned upside down. – Anora McGaha, Editor […]

November 1, 2013 | By | 5 Replies More
Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz, Released October 7, 2013

Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz, Released October 7, 2013

Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz is Launched Arcadia Press launched Revolt by the international best-selling English / Pakistani author Qaisra Shahraz. We have been following her international travels to exotic literary festivals in China, India, Indonesia, Germany just to name a few. In preparation for Qaisra stepping up as Site Sponsor for Women Writers, Women Books, […]

October 8, 2013 | By | Reply 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 | 62 Replies More

Recent Essays

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
Finding Your Writer’s Voice

Finding Your Writer’s Voice

A writer’s voice is a tricky thing. Every writer knows that they should have it, every publisher is certain that they want it, and every reader needs to trust it in order to be able to enjoy the reading experience. And yet it is also a nebulous thing, a curious thing, and an instinctive thing. […]

February 23, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

An ‘intern’ is the new literary or arts apprentice which is more skilled than ‘work experience’. And some can be VIRTUAL interns, working from anywhere. ‘Self –employment’ is an increasingly important choice for creatives and our culture needs more entrepreneurs AND authorpreneurs. Until now, I’ve avoided having an intern. Despite requests to provide work-experience for […]

February 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
What I Learned From my Mentor

What I Learned From my Mentor

I’d been lost in the wilderness of writing for decades. Scraps of writing on torn-off bits of paper were clogging up drawers. Thousands more bits and pieces sat, ignored, on my computer, some of which dated back to 2002. Assignments from a home-study writing course were never completed and barely started ‘how to’ books littered […]

February 16, 2015 | By | 16 Replies More
Love Letter

Love Letter

Dear Writing, It’s Valentine’s Day. Or almost. So now it’s time to tell you what you’ve meant to me and how you’ve changed my heart and life. Good love letters reminisce and remind of those first sightings, those early flirtations and that heady free fall into real love. So here goes. I first spotted you […]

February 12, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Life After Switching Genres; Don’t Be Afraid!

Life After Switching Genres; Don’t Be Afraid!

A friend surprised me recently when she said “You write best when you write Creative Non-Fiction.” That is not who I started out to be and that is not what I started out to write. Writers have been taught that best practice involves writing what you know. Why didn’t I think that applied to me? […]

February 11, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
In Defense of Head-Hopping

In Defense of Head-Hopping

In writing, head hopping is defined as using an omniscient third-person narrator to hop from the head of one character right into another. This is thought to cause confusion for the reader and leave them wondering whose thoughts they’re supposed to follow now. I understand that the idea of keeping a sharp line between the […]

February 7, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More