Top Five Ways Deb Molly’s Dad Helped Her to Become a Writer

For Mother’s Day, I posted an essay I wrote about how to raise a writer, and gave my mother most of the credit for raising me, which is how it usually happens in my head. My mother and I have so many complicated, overlapping, knotted strings of love and need and expectation and time between us that, like a baby, I’m still not sure where she ends and where I…

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Books That Inspired The Princesses of Iowa

I didn’t read young adult novels until I was out of my teens. This was partially due to the fact that the genre didn’t exactly exist when I was in my teens, and partially due to harassment from my parents and teachers, who nagged me to stop reading “easy” books (aka books written for kids my own age) and start reading more “challenging” literature. Apparently they didn’t actually care WHAT…

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Deb Molly’s Inspirational Quotes for Writers

Most writers I know collect writing quotes. Some hang them near their writing desks, tape them to their laptops, copy them into their journals. Others put them all in one document which they re-read before each writing session. My best friend and I used to trade them like baseball cards, and when I taught middle school I had a whole bulletin board of inspirational quotes to brighten up the room….

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Partial List of the Things Deb Molly’s Agent Has Done

At a writing conference a few years ago, I found myself in a panel with a group of writers who seemed to collectively decide that literary agents are a total scam, and that everyone should just avoid the agent thing altogether and go at the publishing business themselves. And while the road less agented is a fine way to travel for some (particularly folks writing picture books), in my experience,…

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Things Deb Molly Carries

“When you love something, you dwell on it.  You pay attention to it.  You take it into yourself,  and it becomes a part of you.”  James Alan McPherson We’ve been doing some literal spring cleaning around the house, and I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the things we carry and the things we keep. I am, by nature, a keeper. I keep everything. I always joke that I was…

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Raise a Writer, by Deb Molly

Congratulations to Susan Swiderski, winner of a copy of The Princesses of Iowa! In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d repost this essay I wrote last summer after a student’s mother asked me what she should be doing to help her child become a writer. (Spoiler alert: Basically I wrote down all the things my mom did for me. And after last weekend? When my mom helped to organize…

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How Deb Molly Spent Her Launch Day

Oddly enough, I didn’t put a lot of advance thought into how I would spend my launch day. At first, I thought I’d do the usual: go to a few bookstores, look for my book, take some pictures, maybe scream a little, get overwhelmed, and then maybe take my book out for a beer (as I did when I first got my ARCs). But because I was lucky enough to…

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Deb Molly Spells Temptation S-E-X-Y

In my writers group, we have a word for temptation. Well, three words. We call it the “Sexy New Idea.” The Sexy New Idea is the voice that whispers in your ear when you’re slogging through a draft of your WIP, promising to be better, faster, and more fun than your stupid current project. The Sexy New Idea says it’s the story you were meant to be writing all along,…

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Deb Molly Is All About the Outline

I started my writing career as a poet. I’m sure there are poets who spend a lot of time planning and shaping their work, but for me, each poem began as a tug at my subconscious, a blur at the edge of my vision, a half-remembered phrase under an early autumn moon. Over time – an hour, maybe, or a few days – the tug would turn itself into a…

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Deb Molly Says Quit Yer Pitching!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today`s winner is Amy Giuffrida! Congratulations, Amy! We`ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query!   On Monday, Deb Rachel and I both taught writing classes at StoryStudio…

Wednesday, April 18, 2012