Monday, April 16, 2018


International Women’s Day was celebrated last month and while doing research online I found excellent articles about women and writing. I also found a set of TED Talks podcasts from two well-known women writers, Isabel Allende and Amy Tan.

It was Ms. Tan’s account of childhood experiences and Isabel Allende’s Tales of Passion that got me thinking about how our experiences shape us and how they bleed into our own unique creative realm. As such, each story we weave has the potential to invoke a wide range of emotions in our readers.

As one would imagine writers from all walks of life have very different reasons for writing. Below is a common thread among modern day writers:

Leave a legacy:  If you write a book well and publish it, you may actually leave something behind that can last forever.

Incite:  Writers write what the world is like as they see it. Writers ask the difficult questions. And, this boundless curiosity is the foundation that opens the doors to discussing difficult topics.

To stay sane:  To write the endings we wish to see in the world. To make peace with the things we cannot control.

Maria Cox is the 2nd Place winner of the 2017 MANA ( Blog Short Story Series Contest. Maria is also a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and the Treasurer of RWA/NYC. Maria served two terms as President of the Phoenix Writers Club.  Maria has been writing stories since she was a young girl. She picked up her first romance novel when she was just eleven years old and has loved the genre ever since. Maria writes sensual romance, stories that showcase strong, sassy, and sexy characters. When not writing fiction, Maria works as a technical writer. She lives in Queens, New York.  Please visit her site and/or follow her on Twitter.


  1. Shouldnt it be PARTNERS day
    instead of WOMENS day?
    Women cannot reproduce
    as men cannot reproduce.
    Im kornfuzed like the band KORN.
    God bless you.

  2. I mean...
    They must have each other.
    Exactly why God made the two.

  3. be as one: a baby +
    loving parents = Heaven bound...