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Where it Happened

Where it Happened

The place frustrated me, intrigued me, wouldn’t let me alone. It was a valley in the Coast Range of California a fair drive north of San Francisco, where we visited my husband’s family summer after summer. The land was beautiful, with rolling hills, steep ridges, and mountains blue on the horizon. Hawks skimmed the firs […]

August 30, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Sally Wolfe: Writing Life with Nuns

Sally Wolfe: Writing Life with Nuns

Sally Wolfe tells us about the awakening of the writing impulse and  her unusual relationship with the mother superior of the convent boarding school she attended in the early 1960’s.  Her experiences there laid the groundwork for her much later exploration of Thomas Merton and the time she spent in a Trappistine monastery, the two […]

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
How important is smell in your writing?

How important is smell in your writing?

How important is smell in your writing? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) August 16, 2014 @WomenWriters I use scent for various visceral things in my writing. Scent and taste bring the reader into the character's immediate world — AK Anderson (@A_K_Anderson) August 16, 2014 @WomenWriters Smell is a key sense we must describe in our writing. […]

August 23, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Why do we categorize things?

Why do we categorize things?

Go into any bookstore and you’ll always see books neatly stacked and displayed under different categorizations—romance, sci-fi, horror, travel, Chinese, English—categorizations so arbitrary and authoritative as if romances don’t happen in 3013 and travelers never accidentally step into a brave new world. Growing up, I hated those imposed classifications, probably because back then I was […]

August 20, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Writing to Dissolve the Mess

Writing to Dissolve the Mess

Writing is my ‘thing’. It’s something I’m passionate about. Even during physical and mental exhaustion, I’m plotting novels or articles, editing my work, studying or reading. But, despite having scribbled down stories since I was young, writing hasn’t always been something I’ve referred to as my ‘thing’. When I was a kid, I’d say it […]

August 18, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Talking to Myself: The Importance of Keeping a Diary

Talking to Myself: The Importance of Keeping a Diary

I’m driving along under a gray March sky in the gray company car to a town I’ve never been to before on a highway that climbs over the Cascades and then rolls south along the coast but nowhere really near it. My iPod is playing songs I fell in love with 20 years ago. Salsa […]

August 11, 2014 | By | 10 Replies More
Revenge in writing

Revenge in writing

I was flicking through an old copy of my local paper when an article caught my eye. They were looking for submissions for a writing competition on the theme of “anniversary” to tie in with the Queens Jubilee celebrations. One drawback – the deadline was that day! Immediately, an idea came to mind. I’d been […]

August 10, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Susan Vreeland: Fiction and Art

Susan Vreeland: Fiction and Art

Sometimes I’m baffled about what Tracy Chevalier and I set in motion in 1999 with our two Vermeer novels, my Girl in Hyacinth Blue and her Girl with a Pearl Earring. They both hit the New York Times Bestseller List about the same time, and ever since, there has been a flurry of ekphrasic literature, […]

August 7, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Documentary writing: Different from fiction?

Documentary writing: Different from fiction?

Margot McCuaig writes fiction and makes documentaries. We asked her if she could provide us an insight into the differences between the two. Writing fiction and writing, producing and directing factual documentary films are different disciplines. To some extent at least the creative processes are poles apart. Fiction is freestyle; it is frequently an embodiment […]

August 4, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Do you know how your novel will end when you start writing it?

Do you know how your novel will end when you start writing it?

We asked you on twitter! Do you know how your novel will end when you start writing it? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) August 1, 2014 @WomenWriters yes always! Rough plot first including ending then flesh out from there. — Sally King (@SallyKingUK) August 1, 2014 @WomenWriters: that kind of assumes I have an inkling of […]

August 2, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More