Julie’s Three Easy Steps to Writing Through Distraction

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

My entire life is a distraction. From the moment my children wake up in the morning to the moment they fall asleep, it seems their sole goal in life is to make sure I never complete a task from start-to-finish without being called away from it at least once. When it comes to (“There is a spider in the bathroom and no one can pee until you get it”) writing,…

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So Begins the Year of Disconnect

Thursday, January 4, 2018

That may sound strange, coming from someone about to launch a book into the world, who will have to promote that book, sign hundreds of copies of that book, speak and write about said book to (hopefully) hundreds of people.   But my hope for this year is to stay disconnected—from my ego, which is eager to read reviews of THE ONES WE CHOOSE, comparing them to others, being on…

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Julie’s Top Five Books of 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

  I read a lot. Probably close to 200 books a year. I enjoy the great majority of books I read, some more than others. But it takes something really special to catapult it to the top of my list, to make it one of the books I push onto friends, insisting they need to read it right now, RIGHT NOW.   This year, I know I read more than…

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[News Flash] December 24, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Maggie Smith! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of GOOD BONES. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Maggie Smith + #Giveaway for GOOD BONES. https://t.co/Xc9ppMmbem pic.twitter.com/u5CcKnuOF5 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 23, 2017     News from the 2018 Debs: Cass Morris is baking All The Cookies! It’s…

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Julie’s Dedicated Writing Space

Thursday, December 21, 2017

When it comes to writing, there’s really only one place I can consistently focus and get the words down: my bed. It’s not ideal, and it doesn’t do my back any favors, but this is where I do my best thinking. Not only that, my best thinking happens between the hours of 3:45 AM and 6:00 AM. (I know. It’s weird.) Sometimes, I panic when I realize I’m going to…

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Quotes That Kept Me Writing

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  I’m pretty sure Nelson Mendela said something like this, but I swear, I came up with it all on my own. When I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in writing, it seemed impossible. First, I’d have to write a book. Then, it would have to be good enough to get an agent. From there, I’d have to have enough talent to land a publishing contract. All…

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I Made It! (Say What, Now?)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  You’re a writer who dreams of publishing a book. You write and write and write, until you think perhaps you have something that someone, somewhere, would like to read. You research agents and devour every blog post, Facebook post, and twitter announcement, trying to glean the secret, trying to figure out how you can move from form rejections to personal rejections to R & R’s to an email saying…

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If You’re Not Riddled With Self-Doubt, You’re Not Doing it Right

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This isn’t my real first draft. This is a fake one I created for demonstration purposes. Check out that word count and deadline. Are you stressed out yet?   First drafts. They are a nasty business. They will cut you down, make you weep, and doubt everything about yourself. Sounds fun, right?   I’m fortunate enough to be working on a first draft right alongside one of my favorite critique…

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All Roads Lead to This One

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This is exactly where you’re supposed to be. This quote is posted on the wall next to my bed. Long ago I gave up trying to think about what if’s, because that usually what if’ed my kids out of existence. And while I’m thrilled to get them out of the house for the day, I still like them home by bedtime.   So instead, I’m going to talk about the…

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And the Winner is…No one! And Everyone!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I’ll admit, I’ve never done Nanowrimo. I think it’s a great idea—a community of writers, coming together to encourage each other to do the hardest thing a writer faces: putting the words on paper. The timing has never worked out for me, though. For some reason, I’m always in some stage of revision every November. And really, I’m so type-A about my writing schedule that every day of the year…

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