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Why are Women Still Worrying about Mothering & Writing?

Why are Women Still Worrying about Mothering & Writing?
I was thrilled to guest post on Jewess this week. Thank you again for having me.  Writing. Mothering. I admit I was blind to the clash between these two occupations. I never understood why a female writer's struggle would be any different from the tension between raising children and any other occupation. But as someone with a journalism degre...
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My Guest Blog Post on Writers Write: Increase Your Productivity - Find a Writing Partner

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You can increase your writing productivity by partnering with another writer and critiquing each other's work. But not any good-natured writer will do. If you really want to improve your writing productivity, look for these seven things in your next critique partner:  Read more

My Guest Blog Post on Writers Helping Writers: Are you familiar with flash fiction?

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​Have you dismissed it because you write novels or screenplays or something significantly longer? Well, don't give up on it just yet. Writing and publishing flash fiction can help in ways you probably weren't aware, as Gila Green is here to explain. Book publishing is a tough, competitive business. Still, there's no reason to ma...
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My Guest Post on The Book Designer: The Writing-Marketing Balance

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We hear it all the time, " How can I possibly market my existing book while writing my next book? "or " I don't like marketing. I just want to write ." But the reality is that to be successful as an author, most of us need to continually do both–marketing AND writing new books. The good news is that it is possible to do bot...
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Want to get published? Try Flash Fiction

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This week I was thrilled to be a guest on C.S. Lakin's site LiveWriteThrive. Thank you again. "The exploding number of flash publication opportunities as a way to break into novel publishing also offers a break for writers who might be burnt out with a novel or short story. Specifically, you get a break from following those longer manuscript rules, and we all need a break from “the rules” once in a while to recharge."  Read the rest .

Are You a Serial Smile Writer?

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Writers must write emotion. That's a given. But many writers lean too heavily on stock emotional body language when they describe their characters: the wink, the nod, the yawn, the shrug and that American favorite, the smile. North Americans smile more than people from other cultures. And we don't just smile (way) more, we smile bigger and brighter. Scroll through a brief comparison of photos of American vs. Chinese leaders and you'll see it, too. As an editor, I don't go more than five pages without spotting it in first drafts for longer pieces and there's a rare Flash piece without at least someone smiling by line four. From the first grin in a draft, it's everywhere, way too much of it. For many writers it is a crutch whose sell-by-date has expired. So short of moving to Russia or Japan and imbuing a whole new body language vocabulary, what's...
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The Forgotten Character in Story: Your Story World

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Setting is an often overlooked story element for many writers.    I cannot tell you how many short fiction submissions I've received that take place No-where in No-time. When queried the most common answer I receive from writers is, "this story can take place in anywhere USA." Or, "It doesn't matter. They could be in any modern city."   If you've ever sat down to write fiction or non-fiction and used this approach to setting and location it's way past time to stop. This response couldn't be more wrong. There are several key points for you to remember about your story world. Today I will discuss one of them.   Remember this: no one has ever been to your story world except for you.   Consider the world you live in every day. Who inhabits that world? You do. Nobody else. You have a unique perspective on your world. Not...
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Five Ways Living in One Language Affects Your Writing in Another

Diction. Slang and other everyday words sneak into our vocabularies. If you don’t live and write in the same language, it takes an extra effort to root out unintended foreign words from your work. Names. Many writers spend time enhancing their work with thoughtful character names. But when you live in one language and write in another naming story characters can be frustrating. Names from your adopted country often seem awkward in your mother tongue, or worse become words that take the reader out of the story. On the other hand, mother tongue names may appear mundane. Setting. If you choose to write about your adopted country, it may appear too exotic or you may worry you lack the background to make the country come alive. How long do you have to live somewhere to feel you have the authority to write about it, especially if the country operates in...
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The Art of Short Story Writing: Four Jerusalem Workshops

The Art of Short Story Writing: Four Jerusalem Workshops
The JWWS network, in conjunction with Temech, is pleased to announce our FOURTH SESSION for all women writers… The JWWS Writers’ Educational Network For Women Registration is via Temech’s office (02- 538-8665, press 0 and say you are calling for JWWS/ Writers’ Courses) and tell them you are registering for the next JWWS course that is to begin on Jan 19 th . To ensure your place you must pre-register. These JWWS courses will be a pre-paid and pre-booked only in advance option. Price for full course, all four sessions: 200 NIS per person Price for only one session at a time: 75 NIS per person Hurry to reserve your spot – spaces go quickly! _____________________________________________________ The JWWS Session FOUR Course Title: The Art of Short Story Writing Course Instructor: Gila Green Course dates: Jan, 19, 26, Feb 2, Feb 9 th   Tuesday mornings, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm...
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How not to Write Flash Fiction

I read a lot of Flash Fiction. Over the years I’ve noticed that some writers continuously flounder over these common misconceptions and mistakes. If you’re trying to master the art of Flash Fiction writing, these eight “don’ts” might help you jump up to the next level. Don’t approach Flash Fiction as though it’s just a very short story. Flash has its own set of rules and the king of those rules is this: you have no time. This means spending the first eight lines on background and leaving minimal space for any action to occur is sure to flop. Don’t do it. Flash Fiction is supremely brief. But the buck stops there. You can write non-fiction flash, romance flash, fantasy flash and any other genre you feel passionate about. For some reason many of the submissions I receive in my Flash Fiction courses forget all about genre, so focused are...
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Should writers in Israel hide?

When I submit my short stories should I hide my Israel location? This is a real question participants in my classes ask me. Most often these writers use an American address of a relative or the address of a friend overseas in their submissions. They genuinely believe that an address in Israel lowers their chances of acceptance in literary magazines and journals and, as the odds are already so stacked against new writers, they figure: who needs the handicap of an Israel address? I admit that it never occurred to me to alter my Israeli address in my submissions and I’ve been submitting stories since 2005. Is this naive? I don’t think so.   If a publication does not want to print my story because I live in Israel , I do not want to be published by that publication. Is that too simple? So, how have I answered these...
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Where do writers’ ideas come from?

In the last two days I’ve been asked how I get ideas for writing stories. Two nights ago at a PTA meeting just before the homeroom teacher asked me if I’d come in and speak (again) to the girls. And the next day at an open house for my daughter’s ballet class. I don’t get ideas, I look for ideas. It can be really hard work. I don’t see why ideas for writers should come from a source any different from ideas for what to make for dinner. For me the latter can also be really hard work. When I have to make dinner on a regular weekday I whip through the kitchen, opening cupboards, vegetable bins, the freezer and dairy drawers: what have I got at hand? The same is true for writing. I consider genre (historical? satirical?), I consider format (should I try for another short story for...
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Latest Books

Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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Forthcoming Books

White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Yekutiel, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park...

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