3 Sane (and 1 Slightly Less Sane) Ways to Get Through a Writing Rut

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Though this week’s topic is how to keep writing when we don’t have time, I have a theory: 95% of the time, “I don’t have time” really means “I’m procrastinating” or “I’m burnt out.” I’ve been there too many times to count. And I’ve gotten out of it in traditional and not-so-traditional ways. 1. Change things up and write by hand. I write the majority of my drafts on a…


The Fire in My Oven

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

When I was 20 I caused a tiny fire in my oven. It wasn’t a big deal. It was perhaps the size of a quarter. I’d been trying to bake a cake and some of the batter leaked out and caught on fire. My sister saw it before it got any bigger, grabbed the fire extinguisher, and gave my cake a nice white frost. After all was taken care of,…


Meet My Writer Friends (And How to Get Your Own)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hmm. That title sounds kinda harsh and possessive, doesn’t it? That’s because these are my writer friends and I’m not sharing (kidding). It’s really because, like all communities, each one is different. The people you click with might not be the same people I click with, but the point is, find the people who are right for you. Since there’s no real formula to writer friendmaking (though Lori has some…


News Flash: Book Clubs, Conferences, and Connecting

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Congrats to Amy, who won the copy of Laura Hemphill’s BUYING IN last week! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb presented to a wonderful group of three hundred eighth graders this week who have begun a unit on historical fiction in their English classes. A local book club invited Lisa Alber to visit and discuss KILMOON! Four months away yet but she’s already excited. Susan Gloss is in the home stretch on…


6 Surprising Things Freelance Writing Taught Me About Book Publishing

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I started freelance writing in 2006, thinking it would be the perfect lifestyle and career choice for an aspiring novelist. It turns out freelancing not only gave me the time I needed to write fiction, it also taught me several important things about the business of publishing. 1. Yes, you’ll need to write a query letter. For newbie freelancers wanting to break into a magazine, their best shot is usually studying…


News Flash: Invitations, Noir at the Bar, and NaNoWriFUN!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Congrats to Ellie, who won a copy of Lynn Cullen’s MRS. POE! From the 2014 Debs… At the very last minute, Natalia Sylvester decided to do NaNoWriMo after all. She has no notes, no outline…just an idea that she’s really, really excited about. And did she mention that she’s never done NaNo before? She’ll be checking in throughout the month on Twitter using hashtags #NaNoWriMo and #WordMarathon–hope you’ll join! Heather Webb was…


Use It or Lose It: How to Deal with Fear in Writing and Life

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I could write way too many words about the things that scare me. My list of fears—both writing-related and just in general life-related—could go on and on until you’d stop halfway and think, “How can one person live with so much fear?” I’ve learned there are really only two options when faced with something that terrifies me: I can either use it, or ignore it. It’s not always easy, and…


My Inner Critic, the Hero

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Truth be told, I’m kind of proud of my inner critic. I mean, the girl has gone through a complete transformation during my writing lifetime. You need only flip through the journals I wrote throughout my teen years to realize she was probably just filing her nails, occasionally glancing over her shoulder and screaming, “Omg, you’re soooo talented!” as I scribbled my angsty poetry. She called that a good day’s…


The Only Thing I Know About Writing is That I Don’t Know

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I have two mantras when it comes to writing. One is intentional. The other one…well, let’s just say I’ve said it to myself so many times, it’s an honorary mantra. 1: Make it happen. (This is me struggling to wake up extra early to write, realizing the world doesn’t care if I do or I don’t. It’s solely up to me.) 2: I hope I can pull this off. Now that I…


Not Every Day is a Writing Day

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I have to confess: I don’t write every day. Not always. Not 365 days a year. Not 7 days a week. I don’t necessarily believe in the butt-in-chair method (isn’t the new thing that sitting is killing us?). I can’t buy into a one-size-fits-all definition of what a writer’s life should look like. What I do believe in is fluidity. Constant change. My writing life is a lot like the…