Writing is the Hardest Thing You Could Ever Choose To Do

Monday, November 7, 2016

In the spirit of election week (have you voted yet?) this week’s Deb topic is about big decisions we’ve made as writers. I watched Ann Patchett speak a few years ago and something that she said really stuck with me. I don’t recall her exact words but essentially she said that a profession as a writer was the hardest thing you could ever choose to do. Let me elaborate: You…

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Deadlines? Writing Schedules? No, Thanks!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  First thing in the morning, I take a cup of tea to my laptop. I work dutifully for four hours before taking a break for lunch, abstain from surfing social media in between sentences, and write at least 1,500 hundred words a day. …Yeah, right! I hate admitting this about myself, but I’m terrible with putting structure around my writing. I like to consider myself an organized person, someone…

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Pressure and Time: The Shawshank Method of Writing

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This week we’re talking about how — as writers — we cope with pressure. Do we thrive under a deadline, or do we get a mean case of writer’s block? Do we like our agents to give us a firm due date, or do we prefer to set the pace for ourselves? Like most writers I have a love-hate relationship with pressure. I’m fairly new to this whole writing thing, but what…

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I’m Cheating on NANOWRIMO + Writing Resources To Help You Pants or Plot

Monday, October 31, 2016

This week, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), the Debs are talking about our feelings about external challenges, deadlines, writing contests and more. There, I said it. I’m cheating on NANOWRIMO. But not cheating in the string-of-conscious, crazy scenario sort of way that many NANOWRIMOers pants their way through. My way of cheating is that I’m not starting a new novel. I’m working on an existing story. That…

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Debutante News Flash: Halloween Edition

Sunday, October 30, 2016

We send our thanks to Kathy Sherbrooke for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, FILL THE SKY, or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) November 4th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!    Congratulations to 2007 Deb Eileen Cook, whose book WITH MALICE hit #1…

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Invoking the Muse

Monday, October 17, 2016

This week the Debs are talking about how they torture their characters, make choices for them, or how their characters lead the way.  One of the most wonderful things about writing is how the mind seems to unravel the story from a place hidden deep inside. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped writing after a few hours and sat back to re-read the words and thought,…

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Lynn’s Confession: Books Are Like Boyfriends

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

  I’m going to shoot straight with you and tell you something I suspect a lot of authors are afraid to admit: every single book has its own unique set of limitations. There’s no such thing as the One Great American Novel (or memoir). The reality is as authors we make thousands of choices, and sometimes those choices create give-and-take sacrifices. It turns out a single book can’t be everything.** When…

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Amy Tells All: 10 Confessions of a Writer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10 Confessions of this writer: I take Wellbutrin, Xanax, and a couple glasses of wine on the daily. Writing makes me super hungry. I write, pace, snack, and repeat. I can’t deal with men on airplanes wearing tank tops. This is not writing related, but it’s true. Today I feel strongly that I like Ikea way better than I like my writing. Way better. I’m having a really difficult time with…

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News Flash: Checking in with the 2016 Debs

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Congratulations to Jeremy Simons for winning a copy of YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND by Dana Kaye!  Thank you to Suzanne Rindell for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH, or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) October 14th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck! …

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Calling All Nap-Time Writers And Vampire Moms

Thursday, September 22, 2016

For me, writing is less about where and more about when. One day (I’m visualizing here), I’ll be a full-time author and have hours and hours to write while my kiddos are in school. I’ll ignore the housework (I’m really good at that already), plop my butt down in my writing nook, at the dining room table, on the couch, or maybe I’ll get comfy in bed, and get oodles of #amwriting…

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