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Writerly Wisdom in Five Parts

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We’re talking advice from veteran writers this week on The Ball. Bookstores, libraries, and the internet are full of wisdom from writers who have been there. Here are a few of my favorites. “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts I’m a reviser. Writing that first draft is pure torture. I…
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News Flash: Contests, Copy Edits, and Life as Debut Authors!

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Congratulations to Kellyn McGee, winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING by our very own Deb, Shelly King! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Hillary Monahan‘s debut novel, MARY: THE SUMMONING…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is busy working on her tour events for BEFORE I GO. A…
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Guest Saturday: Perseverance and Snake Wrangling with Hillary Monahan

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Stopping by The Ball this week is the frightfully talented Hillary Monahan, debut author of the scary YA novel MARY: THE SUMMONING. The book explores the urban myth of Bloody Mary, making her less myth and more vengeful specter. As I’m a full blown coward when it comes to horror of any kind (I was particularly scarred…
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On Writing Communities, Competition And Finding Your Tribe

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I’ve always heard of this legend, the solitary writer, head down at her desk, never looking for the light or sharing her words. And I have to say, that was never me. From the start, to me, writing was a collaborative craft. I remember sharing stories with my kid sister across our bunk beds —…
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Writing Communities & The Myth of the Lonely Writer

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When I started writing my first book–my “practice” book–I had no idea what I was doing. I told when I should have showed. I had no writing schedule, and as a result it took me six years to finish the book. There was no outline to follow, and I only thought about tension as it…
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Writing Friends Required

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We live in an amazing time to be a writer. It’s easier than ever to share work, offer feedback, and commiserate rejection. With the glory that is THE INTERNET (imagine angels singing and the words illuminated by a heavenly glow), we don’t even need to put on pants to do it. There are lots of places…
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News Flash: Bingeing on Halloween candy, WIPs & books!

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Congratulations to Wendy Dosch and Sheila Korman, winners of THE GOOD GIRL by guest author Mary Kubica! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Shelly King’s debut novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley has been very busy binging on Friday Night Lights and Halloween candy—oh,…
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