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Write On, Sisters!: Voice, Courage, and Claiming Your Place at the Table

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“If you’re a woman and you want to write, you must be prepared to endure.”


Writing is already an endurance test. Add to that the conditioning women internalize as part of growing up in society that propagates double standards and works to marginalize women writers, and the result is an entire class of writers who fight internal battles of self-worth as they struggle through
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Published August 27th 2019 by She Writes Press
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Sydney Young
Although I needed this book a few years ago, I wasn’t in a place I could have digested it and been so galvanized by it back then. Now, I want to tell every writer I know (whether published or not, whether admitting to it or not), read this book, now! I came to this book by listening to Write-minded podcast. Brooke and Grant have great knowledgable voices and chat companionably about writing related subjects. Not long ago, Brooke discussed her new release, Write on, Sisters! Grant also talked abo ...more
Mikayla Lovejoy
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Part history lesson, part pep talk, this book really helped me learn to address the problems within myself when it comes to finding courage to put words to page. I would definitely recommend it to any woman writer, to both help discover what you're up against and to enforce that you are not alone. ...more
Lorraine Wilke
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Choosing to write is a solitary decision. Deciding to publish makes that decision very public, and following that very bold move is usually a marching band of obstacles that immediately jump in to shake things up: self-doubt, outside criticism, fear of rejection, rejection, confusion, self-esteem struggles, lack of resources, marketing inexperience, and so on. That noisy list grows and changes as progress is made, but there is never a shortage of “those things that can stop you in your tracks.” ...more
Leda Frost
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a bit of an odd duck, in that it both serves as encouragement for women writers while also acting as a slap in the face reality check, particularly when it comes to the publishing industry; Warner is a publisher herself, and while she wholeheartedly supports women writing—most of the book is about convincing writers to continue their creative pursuits—she is also adamant that publishing is a game you have to try exceedingly hard at to win. That being said, I did appreciate the rest. ...more
Margaret Rodenberg
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Must-Read and Must-Gift for Your Female Writer Friends

Most writing books tell you how to construct a plot. WRITE ON, SISTERS! helps you construct an attitude. Above all, Brooke Warner’s message is: Value your voice, work hard at honing it, and find your own best path to make it heard. And, as you move forward, don’t forget to reach out a helping hand to your sisters.

If that sounds too simplistic, read the book. She offers tons of practical advice, frank warnings, and realistic inspiration. You
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Carla King
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book about writing of this decade, maybe two decades. If you're a writer - of books or if you're journaling for your own sweet self - you will love it. It's a book about writing and it's empowering and encouraging. It's a book about developing the courage to voice your ideas and opinions; to publically or privately express yourself.

It's a feminist text (yeah, you guys can be feminists, too) and harkens back to the ideas of Woolfe, Friedan, de Beauvoir, Steinem and the 4th wave
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Rebecca D’Harlingue
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Brooke Warner's book, she outlines all of the ways in which women writers in general face a more uphill battle than do men, from self-doubt due to society's conditioning, to getting past the gatekeepers in publishing, to getting reviews in prestigious outlets, to being confined to certain categories in a bookstore. This is all very helpful for women writers, as it reassures us that it isn't "all in our head." But Warner's book is so much more than this. It is a prescription for how to cultiva ...more
Nancy Kho
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be buying this for every member of my sister-writer tribe. Brooke does such a great job of naming all the forces that hold women writers back from success - both the internal and external pressures - and explaining why we need to keep writing, despite that resistance. Her experience at Seal Press and at the helm of She Writes Press, a hybrid publisher specializing in publishing women's writing, give her a unique perspective and a deep understanding both of publishing and of all the ways tha ...more
Christine E.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book but I was pleasantly surprised! This is a must read for everyone who write every once in a while to someone who churns out a book every year. A little history of women writers and the obstacles they faced sets the stage for the current writing and publishing world. Brooke gives excellent advice regarding the business of writing and publishing but more importantly she discusses the mental and emotional side to writing and publishing. I found this ...more
Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Write on Sisters! goes on the shelf with a handful of other books that I turn to for both practical and inspirational nudging on the business of writing. Because of Warner's vast experience and leadership in women's publishing, she doesn't have time or inclination to mince words. She shares not only what she has seen and done in this industry but what she recommends a woman writer do about it. Well done. This is an essential guide. ...more
Julie
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An antidote for overthinking, second-guessing, and self-doubt! This book provides a perfect blend of perspective and encouragement. There's motivation and advice specific to writing, but it also reminds women to stop asking for permission in other areas of life. This is the sort of book that makes you want to carve out space and own it without apology. It's balanced, well-written, and the length makes it perfect to return to when you may find yourself stuck. Write On, Sisters! belongs on the she ...more
Lisa
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is encouraging and uplifting for women writers! Warner describes the challenges women have faced through historical, economical, cultural, and emotional lenses. Then she gives an honest yet empowering view of the publishing and literary world with steps on how to navigate it, reasons to support fellow female authors, and a call to claim your seat at the table. Though it’s written with women writers in mind, men and other creative artists will find gems of insight, too. Check out how it ...more
Lori Coleman
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
While obviously geared toward writers, many of Brooke’s words of encouragement can and should be internalized by artists of all genres. As a photographer, I felt she was speaking to me in the chapter on psychological warfare. I’m still working on my content, but this book opened my eyes to the world of publishing and has gotten me excited for that next step!
Emily Buehler
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had low expectations for this book, because I loved Green-Light Your Book, and so often, books that are fast follow-ups to successes seem rushed and lack substance. I was pleasantly surprised. Write On Sisters! was an easy read filled with interesting information and inspiration. It left me an even bigger fan of the author and more excited than ever to be a writer and publisher.
Deborah Svec-Carstens
This was an excellent book, an encouraging and uplifting read for women writers. I especially appreciated Warner's perspective on naming, understanding, and befriending your inner critic. This would be a great gift for the woman writer in your life! ...more
Tracy Moore
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dig deep and make it happen

The encouragement in this book gives me permission to be a bad ass and not feel guilty about needing permission.
Linda Ulleseit
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Very inspiring and encouraging. Brooke Warner not only inspires women to write in this book, but she encourages us by reminding us that women have a voice that needs to be heard.
Kim
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for writers. It gives a positive and hopeful view of publishing in this rapidly changing and volatile environment. I couldn't put it down. ...more
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