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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 | 14 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
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 | 6 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 | 8 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 | 11 Replies More
Which Women Writer Did You Want to Be?

Which Women Writer Did You Want to Be?

I thought about my early ambitions the other day and realized that we come to ourselves through a long series of ‘Nope, not that.’ or even ‘Been there, done that.’ The only thing I ever wanted to be was  a writer — a Great American Novelist. More specifically, I wanted to be F. Scott Fitzgerald. […]

May 9, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
The Holy Grail of Writing

The Holy Grail of Writing

Someone once asked me why I write and I was stumped. Later, I thought ‘because I can’. And then I added ‘because I can’t’. What I mean is that, beyond the thrilling shock of recognition when one happens on a story which aches to be told – the ‘did that really happen?’ moment – it’s […]

April 24, 2014 | By | 9 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 | 10 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 | 5 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