Hanging Onto Inspiration As You Write Your Book

Many writers will tell you not to wait for inspiration — what really makes a writer is discipline. You need to wake up at a certain time each day and commit that pen to paper. But even though a novel is a slow journey that you complete only by dedicating yourself to the task, there is definitely a little bit of magic involved. For me, inspiration comes in several forms. I’ve…

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Writing to the Beat

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Besides books, the bulk of my writing inspiration comes from music. I make elaborate Spotify playlists for all my projects and listen to them on repeat throughout every stage of the writing process. It helps keep me in right mood and headspace for the book, and I also get lots of great ideas while zoning out to the music. So for my post this week, I thought I’d share a…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Art as Solace, Art as Inspiration

I may have talked about this before, and so I apologize if I am repeating myself. I still believe that art saved my writing life. The first year after the 2010 police raid on my home was a tumultuous time and I spent the year corralling the family and weathering the media storm. About a month after my husband had been dismissed from his job, a good friend approached me…

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Plot!Walks, Plot!Runs, and Other Sources of Inspiration

Monday, February 25, 2019

Like most writers, everything in my life is a potential source for inspiration. Overhearing a conversation in a cafe. A coworker’s funny story about Alaska. A 12 hour drive through the backwoods of Florida at night after a hurricane, where the roads are covered in debris and your friend in the passenger seat keeps talking about that time their friend tried to drive through a puddle and it turned out…


[News Flash] February 24, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, YOU! If you haven’t already, please answer a question in the comments so we can get to know you better. And please do share our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!) so that all our fans have a chance to introduce themselves! Surprise, lovely readers! This week’s guest is YOU! Answer a question…


Surprise, lovely readers! This week’s guest is YOU!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

This wonderful week, as we inch closer and closer to spring, we are welcoming you, our fantastic readers, to take the Deb Ball interview! Here’s how it will work: We’ve pasted some of the typical questions we usually ask our guests below. In the comments, we invite you to answer any–or all!–of them so that we can get to know you better! The Debutante Ball is all about community. Writers…


Casting The Dream Peddler

    I’ve been planning the movie of The Dream Peddler for a long, long time. I believe I’ve even mentioned Bradley Cooper a couple of times on this very blog. So I have a pretty good idea of which actors I would ideally cast for each role. The best part about this week’s blog is that I have full control. Every actor I’ve ever loved is not only available…

Friday, February 22, 2019

TEMPER: The Movie

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Coming up with a dream cast for my book is one of the first steps in my writing process. Maybe it’s my theater background, but I don’t feel like I fully understand a character until I have an idea of the actor who could play them. Sometimes I even come up with whole book ideas based on actors I’m into (like the Gothic family drama I currently have on the…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: And the Oscar goes to….

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

If The Atlas of Reds and Blues were a major motion picture….Let’s see. (BTW, I love this:) Archie Punjabi as Mother with makeup to make her have a few wrinkles and graying hair, and, Brad Pitt as hero, in soft-focus to make him look a little younger. Shabana Azmi as as Mother’s mother. Glenn Close as Mother’s mother-in-law. Priyanka Chopra as the Baby Sister, with makeup to make her look…


I’m Not Really a Fancaster

Monday, February 18, 2019

How am I going to get around fancasting, I thought to myself when I saw this topic months ago. Surely I will think of something clever. Fancasting is the fun daydreaming that some writers do where they mentally cast a certain actor or actress as their characters in a maybe someday movie. Fancasting can be a convenient way to solidify what your character looks like, or what kind of mannerisms they might…