Secrets of the craft, by Deb Katie

I’m a fanatical quilter. At any given time, I’ve got between three and six in various stages of completion. My sewing room is also my writing room, and let me tell you, nothing obliterates writer’s block like ditching the whole idea of writing and getting up to work on a quilt for a while. (Naturally, it also obliterates progress right along with the writer’s block, but beggars can’t be choosers.)…

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In which Deb Kristina’s Muse wears a fedora

One reason I love the writing life is that I can bend it around my family, instead of the other way around. This means that when something goes awry in my family schedule, my writing routine goes out the window. Last week, my youngest was sick for three days. I was supposed to be up to my eyes in revisions for my second novel. This was a time for digging…

Monday, November 10, 2008

How Not to Unravel When Writing, by Guest Author Lynn Biederman

We’re pleased to have the lovely Lynn Biederman, co-author and debut novelist of UNRAVELING (July 2008, Delacorte Press), as our guest today on the Debutante Ball. Sharp, chatty, brutally honest, and heartbreakingly real, UNRAVELING is about mothers and daughters, the search for acceptance, preparing for the unexpected, and learning that sometimes it just can’t be done. As I sat down to write this blog entry on “our daily routines” it…

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Please Welcome Our Guest Debutante, the Fabulous Jane Green

We are thrilled to welcome New York Times best selling author Jane Green to The Debutante Ball today. Jane has an amazing new book called The Beach House, a book fans and reviewers are calling her best work yet. The Beach House by Jane Green Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn’t care what people think. At sixty-five-years old,…

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Writing Ritual in the Writing Hut by Deb Gail

Deb Gail I have shared my writing ritual on the deb site before but I thought I’d share it again, with a few updates, because many of my writer friends have asked me to send it to them and told me that they now use their own version of it to get focused and also because my husband just took several pictures of it this past week. So now there…

Monday, August 11, 2008

Word Compost by Deb Eileen

Do you recyle? Not bottles or cans, not cardboard or newspapers, magazines or glass. I’m talking about what writer’s throw away in volume- words. Yes, your rough drafts, the ugly drafts, the “who knows what I was going for there” draft. The stories that never got off the ground, the character details that were cut, or those those brilliant scenes that were sacraficed for pacing. What do you do with…

Friday, April 25, 2008

Color-coded secrets by Founder Jennifer

Lately, I am overwhelmed by other people’s secrets.  I’m not even talking real people here.  I’m talking characters.  With each book I write, it seems like the secrets get more complicated, the webs more intricate and tangled.  Which is a good thing.  The problem is keeping track of all of them as I go along. For my latest project, I’m trying something new and radical – I’m actually writing an outline. …

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Bring Me the Mojo by Deb Gail

Instead of writing about keeping secrets this week, I’m going to share my secret writing ritual. A secret so secretive that I have only shared it with one other writer who has been a NYT’s bestseller and while she didn’t use the secret while writing that book, she tells me she swears by it now. So here it is… After sending my kids off to school, I always sip coffee…

Monday, October 1, 2007

A Method to My Madness? by Deb Eileen

I want to be someone who has a routine. I love the idea of having tidy piles, outlines and color coded folders. I would love to tell people that I write X number of words per day and as a result be able to calculate to the minute when I will finish my next project.  I spend approximately the same amount on office supplies per year as it would cost me to finance…

Friday, January 19, 2007

What Routine? by Deb Jennifer

I wrote my first (as yet unpublished) novel out longhand in notebooks back when we lived without electricity.  Then I’d take the notebooks and my laptop to a café and type it all in.  I had a full time job back then and I wrote in the mornings and evenings (and okay, sometimes during staff meetings).  When I sat down to write my second book (soon to be published as…

Wednesday, January 17, 2007