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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 | 2 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
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 | 7 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 | 9 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
This Is A Man’s World…Or Is It?

This Is A Man’s World…Or Is It?

Growing up as a tomboy, I didn’t understand the need to restrict girls to certain career choices, and boys to others. I wrote since I was old enough to crawl out of the womb, and the stuff I chose to write about was always a bit…non-girly. My first book, at the ripe old age of […]

March 4, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
A Writer’s Confession

A Writer’s Confession

The wise say that inspiration strikes at the oddest of hours and in the most unexpected of places. They are right. Inspiration can be found in our dreams, in a cup of tea, in conversations, in public transport, or even in the middle of a natural disaster. And when you find that muse, there is […]

March 1, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Do You Have to Suffer to Write?

Do You Have to Suffer to Write?

Famous authors are often distinguished by horrific childhoods, intensive suffering, depression or desperation. Think Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolff. Memoirists notably mine their traumas like gold, exorcising demons along the way. Of course, conflict is the core of storytelling, and emotional conflicts are fiction’s treasure, but do you have to be miserable to write great fiction? Novelists […]

February 19, 2014 | By | 21 Replies More