Wisdom and Writing
Women Writers Bare Souls,
Share Knowledge for Other Writers
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, award-winning author of "This is the
Place" and "Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered"
Women, Wisdom and Writing are three very big Ws. This is an apt
subtitle for "Feminine Writes," a kind of writing genre all its
Compiled by Sheri' McConnell, president and
founder of the National Association of Women Writers, this book is a
little of many things. This could be the kiss of death for a
book--the very path to self destruction; in this case it works very well.
The first five chapters are composed of
inspirational works culled from essays by members of NAWW--a huge
organization that is growing every day. Covering subjects like
"The Identity of a Woman" and "Passion and Creativity"
they appear in this book by invitation and Sheri' has been careful to
include only the best. These are lovely pieces that should be read
by any writer, whether she journals only for her own needs, is a
hardworking reporter or writes creatively. These pieces may be read
one by one and savored or devoured nonstop. Intended for women, many
would be of value to men.
The second section is designed to give a writer
experience but also to "Ignite the Woman Writer's Soul."
Section three is all (or almost all) about the
practical. It answers 25 commonly asked questions about the writing
life. A woman writer may find something here that she had thought to
ask but never had, or a new slant on an answer that she long thought she
had the answer to.
At the end is a "Directory of Wisdom." There
is a surprise here that I shall not reveal. It may be sufficient to
say that wisdom does not always spring from expected sources.
"Feminine Writes," edited by Angel Brown and
Julie Ann Halick, is available at no cost to a writer who chooses to
become a member of NAWW; it is one of many perks. Or it may be
ordered on Amazon with the rest of this spring's reading.
I highly recommend this book. It is, in
part, a mass memoir. Women share their innermost selves with other
writers. It is a workbook extraordinaire. All in all, it is a
book full of camaraderie. If I used a star system for rating, I
would wave a flag full of them for "Feminine Writes." A
pretty pink flag, for women writers everywhere.
Howard-Johnson's first novel, "This is the Place," has won eight
Her newly released "Harkening: A Collection of Stories
Remembered" has won two. She has contributed to another book of
wisdom from writers called "Musings: Authors Do It Write."
It is available FREE at: http://carolynhowardjohnson.com.)