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Fanfaronade

Fanfaronade

You wouldn’t think one word I wrote in my debut novel, Annie’s Story, Book 1 of The Voyagers Trilogy, would cause a discussion between two mature men, would you? It was six months before my husband James actually asked to read my debut novel, Annie’s Story, published in April. I was quite surprised as I […]

January 1, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Mental Health and Writing

Mental Health and Writing

Last night I watched, ‘Amy’, a poignant biopic of the young, troubled jazz singer who died at 27. As I watched I found myself becoming angry with her parents who saw the signs so early of her mental distress and chose to ignore it. And then I remembered that my parents had done something very […]

December 29, 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 | 21 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 | 6 Replies More
Doris Lessing’s little known Poetry

Doris Lessing’s little known Poetry

There Will Always Be Singing; Doris Lessing 1919-2013 Fable ‘When I look back I seem to remember singing. Yet it was always silent in that long warm room. Impenetrable, those walls , we thought, Dark with ancient shields. The light Shone on the head of a girl or young limbs Spread carelessly. And the low […]

November 18, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
Literary Sex Change, Using a Male Pseudonym

Literary Sex Change, Using a Male Pseudonym

Rosemary Friedman has published more than 26 titles, initially under a male pseudonym. She explains to WWWB what made her decide to do so.  Literary Sex Change, Using a Male Pseudonym On the 13th of November 1956, having tentatively sent my first novel, No White Coat, to mainstream publisher Hodder & Stoughton I received the following […]

November 7, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
How to Write YA When You Don’t Read YA

How to Write YA When You Don’t Read YA

I’ve spent most of my writing life treading through the muck of dirty realism—the kind of stories popularized by Raymond Carver that focus on crumbling marriages, disaffected children, and a fair amount of alcohol abuse. My short stories are slow, introspective, and often do not contain an easy resolution—you know, just what the youths like […]

September 29, 2013 | By | 8 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 | 62 Replies More
Why Women Write: Part One of Two

Why Women Write: Part One of Two

We asked, “Why do you write?” To persuade? To inform? To change the world? In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay called, “Why I Write.” This popular piece explained who he was, and why he decided to become a writer. What were his motives? What were his desires? We at Women Writers, Women Books, however, […]

August 1, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
I’m Not a Feminist, but….

I’m Not a Feminist, but….

By writing this I am effectively grabbing my big pink, shiny can-opener (the one made especially for girls) and brandishing it at one of the biggest can of worms there is, so if the F-word offends you, stop reading now. There’s a feeling that you have to be part of an intellectual elite to talk […]

July 29, 2013 | By | 32 Replies More