Tips for Navigating the NaNo Blues

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

We’re sharing our best writing tips this month here on The Debutante Ball, and since this happens to coincide with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short), I thought I’d tailor my advice for the NaNo folks out there. November is quickly running out and for many writers it’s make or break time. So what do you do if you still have 10-20k left on your word count…

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Finding Your People: A guide for new writers

Thursday, November 19, 2020

A funny consequence of having a book coming out is that friends and family (and the occasional stranger on the internet) now come to me for advice on writing and publishing. It’s weird to give advice because I feel like I’m still learning these things myself. I don’t have an MFA – I literally just learned about the concept of negative capability this summer!     But when I’m asked…

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Writing Tips for Writers: Sure, I Have A Few!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hello Friends, I’m here today writing about tips for writers. I am the social media maven for The Debutante Ball this year and lead a team of 2021 debut authors on our Instagram account. One of the things I/we focus on is creating attractive visuals. We want to snare attention from those who use and enjoy social media, especially those folks who see social media as a means to find…

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Ehsaneh’s Advice for New Writers

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Today’s topic is Tips For New Writers. Here are four suggestions based on things I did (or wish I’d done!) along the way from inspiration to publication. 1. Have some very generous friends read as you write. If you’re writing a novel, that is a long journey with a lot of work and a lot of rejection. You’re going to need encouragement along the way. Now is not the time…

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An Interview with Multi-Published Historical Fiction Author Vanessa Riley

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of historical fiction and historical romance, showcasing the hidden histories of women of color and emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities. With more than 20 novels in print, her stories pull at the heartstrings, elicit a few laughs, and share insights into the history of Black and Brown people during the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras. A fellow resident of the state of…

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Don’t Be Like Me (What Not to Do) – AKA Tips for New Writers

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

When I started writing my first book in 2015, I didn’t know a single person who wrote. I also didn’t tell anyone I was writing a book because I didn’t consider myself a writer. I’d never taken a single writing class (except what was needed for school) and I was clueless on the whole process of writing and publishing books. So I made the ultimate rookie mistake. I whipped out…

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GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

November 7, 2020 The Debutante Ball is very excited to be giving away a copy of Rachel Mans McKenny’s wonderfully witty debut novel, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. To grab your copy of this marvelous book, Retweet or Share the post below to Twitter or Facebook. Or simply comment on the original article here. This giveaway ends on Tuesday and you don’t want to miss out! MORE ABOUT THE BOOK Is there such a…

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Time Management–Reflecting on the Before Times and Strategies for The New Era

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

When I sat down to brainstorm ideas for this article, it was hard not to think of all the B.C.’s invoiced. Before COVID-19, yes, but on a personal level– Before Children. When I was writing The Frozen Crown, I was working a full time job as well as remodeling an 1850’s farmhouse. (And I mean– remodeling— it needed a lot of work!) At the time I thought I was juggling…

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The Jackhammer in the Basement: On writing (or not writing) through distractions

Thursday, October 29, 2020

“It’s a black fly in your chardonnay. It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late.” Alanis Morissette was kind enough to give us many definitions of irony in 1995, and to those I would like to add, “It’s a jackhammer in your basement when you’re trying to write a blog post about writing through distractions.” We’re getting our house earthquake-retrofitted — a project that was initially supposed to take…

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Writing Through Distractions: What Distractions? (Add insane laugh, here:)!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Good morning! First, I’m writing this post at 5:30 AM. That’s about the time I rise this time of year…I’m a seasonal creature, so my sleep pattern shifts. I am an early riser in the fall and winter and am down for the count around eleven o’clock. But my sleep habits aren’t the topic today. The question before me is how do I deal with distractions and such. Well, here…

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