The Very First Djerassi YA Novel Workshop and Retreat
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The Very First Djerassi YA Novel Workshop and Retreat

Earlier this month, you could find me high up in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, not so far from San Francisco, at a beautiful artists’ sanctuary called the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. I was gifted a writing residency there once before, in 2012, but my visit this month was to share my love … Continue reading

Turning Points: Choose Your Own Adventure by Jon Skovron
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Turning Points: Choose Your Own Adventure by Jon Skovron

This guest post is part of the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Now, to celebrate the release of his new YA novel, Man Made Boy, out in stores on October 3, here is Jon Skovron sharing his… Guest post by … Continue reading

The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words
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The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words

I am home now, from a stroke of good luck: a two-week “emergency residency” at the MacDowell Colony, a perfect artists’ colony in New Hampshire. I decided to do something different while there. Instead of my usual slow, plodding pace for writing a first draft of a novel, where I circle in on myself and revise as I … Continue reading

Turning Points: Guest Post by Beth Fred
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Turning Points: Guest Post by Beth Fred

This guest post is part of the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Now, to celebrate the release of her novel, here is Beth Fred, author of the YA novel A Missing Peace, sharing hers… and this is another extra-special Turning Point to … Continue reading

Turning Points: How We Define Ourselves by Rachele Alpine
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Turning Points: How We Define Ourselves by Rachele Alpine

This guest post is part of the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Now, to celebrate her release week, here is Rachele Alpine, debut author of the YA novel Canary, sharing hers… and this is an extra-special Turning Point to share, because Rachele … Continue reading

Writers Colony Diary: The Hambidge Center June 2013
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Writers Colony Diary: The Hambidge Center June 2013

Sometimes, when I’m writing and barred from Twitter and blogging and all manner of distracting things, I keep a journal in which I talk to myself. I did this while I was away for a short residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia, and I wanted to share selected bits with you. Some of the … Continue reading

The Writing That Comes Before All the Writing: On Outlining
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The Writing That Comes Before All the Writing: On Outlining

I used to be a dedicated outliner. My outlines for novels would take up dozens and dozens of pages, come with color-coded notes to myself (this has been written and you don’t need to worry about it anymore = blue ; not sure of this, but you’ll come up with something better when you write … Continue reading

Turning Points: Guest Post by Erin Bowman
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Turning Points: Guest Post by Erin Bowman

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Erin Bowman, debut author of Taken and one of my Anticipated Debuts for April 2013, sharing her turning point… And be sure to enter the giveaway before … Continue reading

Turning Points: Guest Post by Leah Konen
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Turning Points: Guest Post by Leah Konen

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Leah Konen, author of The After Girls, celebrating her pub day today by sharing hers… Guest post by Leah Konen Taking to heart the wisdom of many … Continue reading