Posts tagged "writing"

The Soapbox: Yes, Women Writers Without Kids “Understand Human Emotions”

The death of Irish novelist Maeve Binchy earlier this week has inspired a lot of articles, most of them warm tributes to her kind heart, quick wit, and writing ability. British novelist Amanda Craig took a different tack. In a piece published today by The Telegraph, she wonders whether Binchy might have been a better writer…
By: Diane Shipley / August 3, 2012

Nora Ephron, The Original Ladyblogger

When I saw on Twitter on Tuesday night that the iconic writer Nora Ephron had passed away, I felt the sort of panic you feel when someone you know in real life is in trouble. Though I'd met Nora Ephron several times in the past few years at parties, I could hardly say…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2012

The Truth About Sex Scenes

Mining my life for sexual material wasn’t entirely new. I’d written, after all, about my sex life in various publications and even penned an extremely graphic novel chapter about a guy masturbating to a picture of a girl he liked and read it at Rachel Kramer Bussel’s now-defunct reading series, “In The…
By: Anna David / November 14, 2011

Dorothy Parker Got Writer’s Block Too

It makes me feel better that my lady writer hero, Dorothy Parker, also suffered occasionally from writer's block. She sent this telegram to her editor, Pascal Covici, because she was so ashamed she couldn't even look him "in the voice." What a fabulous line, by the way. I have a feeling what she wrote…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 19, 2011

Girl Talk: Let Me Be Patient

“You are in danger of rushing something that needs to be taken slowly. Yes, okay, you may have slipped behind a bit in your schedule but is it really that important? Probably not. Take your time and get it right.” -- My horoscope (Scorpio) on Sunday October 24th I'm not always the most patient person.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 27, 2010

Girl Talk: How I “Sold Out” And Joined The Chickliterati

In the new Atlantic, a male author lampoons Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, “Two writers whose work is often referred to as chick lit,” for tweeting and commenting that white male literary darlings (like Jonathan Franzen) get all the good ink. Yet the only thing less fun than not being taken seriously by…
By: Susan Shapiro / August 30, 2010

Ex-Gawker Editor Emily Gould On Women Writers

I feel bad for Emily Gould. Next week, the former editor of gossip blog Gawker.com will publish her first book, a collection of personal essays called And The Heart Says Whatever. And when I think about what's going to happen to her, I just want to shield my eyes. You see, almost…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2010

We Heart SheWrites, A Social Networking Site For Women Writers

A lot of "new web sites" toddle into our line of vision and they're largely forgettable. But SheWrites.com, a social networking site for women writers, is way cool. You can ask for help finding an agent, promote your books, articles and blog posts, or read interviews with beloved authors. And, of course, you…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 6, 2009

Man Or Woman Game

Not sure if that mystery hottie messaging you on MySpace is really a cute guy or an old lonely woman with 50 cats that just likes to role-play? A new website program called the Gender Genie claims it can tell whether someone is a man or woman by their writing. Using algorithms developed…
By: Simcha / April 11, 2008
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