Balancing Writing, Work, and Life

Storytelling at Burning Man
Thursday, September 26, 2019

When I say that I’m a writer, people often assume, “Oh, you must write a lot, every day!” For sure, there are some writers who do, who commit to morning pages, or who write just before bed, or who have scheduled blocks at a regular time. But I have found my writing energies are hard to pin down to a distinct rhythm or schedule. I do not write every day,…

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And Chaos Ensues (OR: 4 Reasons Not To Quit The Day Job)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

For the past nine — OMG! Has it been THAT LONG? — years now, I’ve worked mostly from home in my pajamas, writing commentary on How to Get Away With Murder, interviewing Paul Wesley (Stefan on The Vampire Diaries, for the uninitiated) and the Pretty Little Liars peeps, working on fiction and CAKE stuff. Jealous yet? You should be. No, no, no, what I MEANT to say there was, don’t be….

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Deb Elise on Writing and Eating at the Same Time

Allow me to clarify. Despite the subject line of this post, I’m not talking about the bowl of mixed berries and Corn Chex I’m gobbling as I type (I know, carbs at 10pm — what am I thinking?!). I’m talking about making a living writing, which is very different than writing for the pure passion of it. If you want to write only those things that take your breath away,…

Monday, May 9, 2011
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Deb Elise’s Wild Terror of New Beginnings

Creatively, there’s not much that’s more daunting than a totally blank page waiting for you to spin it into either gold… or crap.  Those are of course the only options — each blank page will either catapult your career to that coveted next level, or reveal you for the fraud you truly are. Know what helps me?  Writing freelance, and having all kinds of deadlines. Since I still have all…

Monday, January 3, 2011
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