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A Scary Turn On the Writing Journey

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As you may recall if you’re a frequent guest at the Ball, Dhonielle and I took the long road to publication on Tiny Pretty Things. And along the way, there were plenty of bumps. But perhaps the scariest moment for us was when we’d done what was maybe like the sixth revision of the book — and we…
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News Flash: WIPs, #WeNeedDiverseBooks & catch up with past Debs!

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Congratulations to Melissa Engaldo, winner of LEAVING TIME by guest author Jodi Picoult! Check back next Sunday for the winners of THE GOOD GIRL, by this week’s guest author Mary Kubica …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is head down, hard at work on her WIP. She is also trying very hard not…
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Mary Kubica on writing edge-of-your-seat tension + a GIVEAWAY!

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This week we welcome the lovely and talented Mary Kubica, debut author of the riveting psychological thriller THE GOOD GIRL, which has earned comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL — for good reason. Tightly written with plenty of twists and turns and a killer dose of tension throughout, this story focuses on the disappearance —…
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How long lines, pink polo shirts, and pictures of kittens help me combat procrastination

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Years ago, I was at a technical writing conference and the witty and wild Douglas Adams was the keynote speaker. He told this story about how he spent the better part of two days writing a small programming routine that would save him about ten seconds of time. “No one procrastinates like a writer,” Mr. Adams said….
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Tips from A Master Procrastinator

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am a master procrastinator. I mean, why do now what you can put off till tomorrow? Especially since I’ve even created a Twitter hashtag for my indulgence. I present to you: #procrastinatey. Go check it out. Yeah now. You can always read this post later, right? Haha, almost…
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The Art of Productivity & Procrastination

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I’m currently in the throes of writing book two, which means I have a daily word count to hit and an endless ability to find ways to procrastinate. Like this past Monday morning, when after refreshing my Twitter and Facebook streams multiple times, counting my split ends by the glow of my laptop screen, baking…
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Distractions and How I Handl…SQUIRREL!

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My procrastination skills are Olympic medal worthy. It’s a small miracle I ever finished a book, and kept my family clothed and fed. Miracle. I can waste a day without even opening a browser window, so when I do have internet access – I’m looking for the next squirrel to chase. As an avid pop culture…
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