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The Pit of Despair

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I’ve been writing seriously for about four years, not counting my years as a grad student when I wrote papers on equivocation in Shakespeare’s Macbeth (we won’t talk about how bad that paper was). The clock started when I outlined my first ideas for what became THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. During those four years, I’ve…
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News Flash: Hardcover in hand, Book Design, and (lots) more writing!

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Congratulations to Jamie McCauley, winner of the signed copy of Shelly King’s debut, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!  Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a signed copy of TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS by guest author Liz Czukas…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley got her very first hardcover copy hot off…
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Guest Saturday with YA Author Liz Czukas + GIVEAWAY

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Sometimes you want an adorable, funny, all-around delightful book about teenagers doing teenagery things– and our guest this week, Liz Czukas is a master. Her latest book, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS, arrives in stores Tuesday, December 9. According to Liz, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS is what happens when you spend too much time watching…
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3 Writing Tricks That Actually Work for the Master Procrastinator

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This week’s post is all about ways to stay the course and get the words on the page. And reading all the tips from the other lovely Debs, I expected that light bulb moment. That “oh yes, here’s how I get through” genius. And then I realized something. I truly am a Master Procrastinator. Because…
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How I Write: Distractions, Muffins, & Deadlines

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Writing is hard. Not because of the whole come up with an idea and make it interesting thing – though that isn’t exactly easy, either. What makes writing “hard,” at least in my books, is just how easy it is to NOT do it. Case in point: my latest book. I have a deadline, and…
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A Trio of Tips to Make the Words Flow

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You know the deal, writers are like Doug from Up, we’re easily distracted. But there comes a time when, if we want to keep calling ourselves writers, we actually need to write. So here are three little tricks that help me get the words on the page. Set a deadline: I’m a deadline girl. I…
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3 Tricks to Keep Writing (Even When You’d Rather Be Looking at Taylor Kitsch Pix)

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Writing is hard. I mean, not as hard as say, doing a tour of duty in Afghanistan or nannying for Octomom or working a 12-hour shift on Black Friday. OK, so writing isn’t really hard. It’s just typing words. Like I’m doing now. And I don’t have to worry about hidden land mines or two middle-aged women…
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News Flash: Contest winner, Giveaways, & Gratitude

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Congratulations to Jessica McFarlin, winner of author Mia King‘s book bundle, including novels GOOD THINGS, TABLE MANNERS, and FAMILY ROOM!  Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a signed copy of Shelly King’s THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thankful that it’s finally acceptable to listen to Christmas…
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