Advice for Writers Who Are Also Parents: “Everything is copy.”


So you may have noticed that my post this morning was late. Here’s why: life. More specifically? Kids. My whole life as a “real,” soon-to-be published author, I’ve also been a real, extremely sleep-deprived parent. It’s been really intense – lots of skin of our teeth moments and exhaustion. But you know what? I’ve realized…
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Words of Advice…


A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Jodi Picoult read from her latest novel LEAVING TIME, and to meet her for the briefest of moments while she signed my book. She was funny, and gracious, and quite down to earth despite her 23 books – the last 8 of which have…
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Writerly Wisdom in Five Parts


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!


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


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


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


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


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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