Deb Raney’s Top 5 Soundtracks to Write By

August 27th, 2014

Have you ever wondered how authors get out of writer’s block? Deborah Raney, author of Home to Chicory Lane, will listen to music that matches the mood of the scene she is working on. Check out her top soundtracks to listen to while writing below! And don’t miss the chance to win a $200 B&B getaway. Click hereto learn more and enter.

Music is another great way to tap into new levels of creativity, and to capture the mood of the scene I’m working on. Movie soundtracks provide the perfect music to write by because they’ve been designed to set a mood, yet they are mostly nonintrusive. Some of my favorites are:

1. Band of Brothers
2. Braveheart
3. Charlotte Gray
4. Finding Neverland
5. The Tourist


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The Music that Inspired ‘The Butterfly & The Violin’

August 13th, 2014

Have you ever wondered where authors find inspiration when writing? For Kristy Cambon, music was a major factor when it came to The Butterfly and the ViolinKristy compiled a playlist of pieces that the characters actually play and soundtracks she listened to while writing the book. Enjoy!

1) Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia (for cello and violin)

I listened to this YouTube clip while writing the scenes where Adele and Omara play the piece for the Nazi party. It was incredibly moving for me!

2) Soundtrack playlist while writing Butterfly included:

– Becoming Jane (2007)
– Downton Abbey (Series 1 & 2)
– Emma (2009 BBC series)
– Pride & Prejudice (2005)
– Schindler’s List (1993)
– Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
– Cinderella Man (2005)
– Jane Eyre (2011)

3) Classical Music – My favorite violinists are Julia Fischer & Hilary Hahn:

– The Hilary Hahn Encores (For violin and piano. Favorite songs: Farewell, Whispering, Memories, Mercy)

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You Just Have to Make the Time for PR

January 15th, 2013

No one ever said writing a book was easy. And certainly no one every claimed it was a quick process or was anything less than a full-time job.

Oh, how wonderful it would be if the work required to write a best-seller was finished when the final draft of the manuscript was turned in! Any experienced author will tell you that’s when the work really starts piling up.

It takes a team effort to make any book release successful: editors, cover artists, typesetters, printers, the sales team, the marketing team, your PR team. However, once the book is printed and on store shelves, no matter how gifted your marketing and publicity teams are, how many connections they have, or how hard they work, they CANNOT succeed without you. That means they need your talents and your time.

Time is a precious commodity no one can create more of. Here… read more »

Do You REALLY Need Social Media as an Author? | Guest Post by Tricia Goyer

December 20th, 2012

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an author is discounting the power of social media. While there is certainly a fine line between marketing yourself and your books and simply being involved and present in social media, it is possible to have that balance. But before you even try that balancing act, get out there in the virtual world and get involved! Who better to ask to guest-post on this than Tricia Goyer, who has 6,100 Facebook fans, almost 60,000 Twitter followers, 7,400 Pinterest followers, and 490 Instagram followers?


Yes, Virginia, you do need a social media presence if you want to write books . . .

I have a half dozen emails/Facebook messages with the same question. It comes in various forms.

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Why I’m Glad I Failed NaNoWriMo

December 4th, 2012

I failed NaNoWriMo . . . again. The insanity of NaNoWriMo is that of writing a 50K word novel in the month of November — along with thousands of equally crazy people via the world wide web and NaNoWriMo clubs, which I’m assuming highly resemble a zombie anonymous meeting. Unlike the previous years, I actually started writing my novel (and learned something). And for the first times, I’m OK with failing.

Plotting, plotting, plotting (or attempting)

In no particular order, I learned:

(1) Starting out I came up with a pretty good plan (OK, I borrowed the plan from those who came before, but it was a great plan). NaNoWriMo recommends you write 1,667 a day in order to reach your 50K goal by the end of the month. This article was written by Nicole Humphrey, in which she talks about Backwards NaNoWriMo—it’s genuis, people…. read more »

Five Tips for Authors Who Also Happen to be Mothers

October 10th, 2012

A dear friend is expecting her first baby, while writing her first novel.

The baby news filled me with joy, the kind that put tears in my eyes. But the news also led me to think about threading that needle known as motherhood and writing.

I want my friend to cherish motherhood, and I want her to finish her novel.

With two kids, six years homeschooling, five published novels, and ten thousand readings of “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?,” I almost feel qualified to offer some advice.

So here’s my humble five-point offering to every mom serving in the happy trenches while trying to write.

1. Don’t quit writing. 

There will never—never—be a good time to write. Never. Ever. Stop thinking the world will someday agree with your compulsion to put words on paper. The world doesn’t care. But you care, and frankly, God cares because God made you a writer.

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