Debbie Kahl – YA & Children's Fiction Writer

So, I’ve been giving this procrastination thing some thought… to be honest I consider myself to be the princess of procrastination. If there is something more ‘pressing’, you can guarantee I will put everything else off. There’s just one problem with this, you never get things finished. And people often ask me when I decided to be a writer. I didn’t just roll out of bed one day and decide to be a writer, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Instead, I rolled out of bed one day and decided to actually get started on this writing thing. After virtually wasting an entire decade telling myself, I’ll do that one day – I finally realised that one day would never come & I had to make myself do something about it. So I sat down & wrote. A week later I had 10,000 words. Twelve months later I had 47,000 words and a completed manuscript. So I guess anything is possible when you set your mind to it. I’m now part way through my second manuscript and although I am still the princess of procrastination, I also know that I’m capable of great things when I set my mind to it. I know you will be too! You just have to start. 😀

Have a great week everyone & good luck with your projects. x


Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my blog. Thank you so much for joining up and following me, your support means a great deal.

Now, I don’t know about you but without a doubt, the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing career is to join a writer’s group… well apart from actually sitting down and writing a manuscript (but that’s a whole other story for another time)..

Honestly, there’s nothing more rewarding than the support you receive from these amazing people. Sure friends and family are equally important, but they love you unconditionally and will usually support you no matter what. Even if they think you’re writing is horrible, they still tell you it’s great..

So what makes this whole writer’s group thing different? Well, it’s quite a different scenario to bounce ideas around with people who truly understand the complexities of this craft. It’s also quite wonderful to ‘pick the brains’ of other writer friends who are paving their own way in this field and learn from their experiences.

Writer’s groups will impart the honesty you require on your writing, whether you want to hear it or not. Luckily, they are speaking from experience & drawing on a good basis of knowledge, so you can respect what they say. But the best thing, is that this criticism is delivered constructively and from people who genuinely care about you and your writing goals. And if you listen carefully, and follow the best advice, your writing will inevitably improve.

I am truly blessed to be part of a wonderful writer’s group. I welcome their honesty and critiques on my work because I know my writing will be all the better for it. I hope you have such beautiful people in your life and that all your projects for the week are successful and rewarding. Until next time! x

I’ve been told numerous times by a multitude of different people that ‘everything happens for a reason’. The sad thing is, I never really believed it until I got older. And it is very important to understand this as a writer. Every writer, whether they will admit it or not, has undergone some turmoil in their life. And it is this turmoil that is often the catalyst for their first novel. I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve heard other writer’s say the first character they’ve killed off is their ex/school bully/ boss etc – or they become the antagonist in the story, a character who must be defeated at all costs.

Whatever the reason, even if you’re not a writer, I think it’s important for you understand how writing can be a carthartic tool, even if no-one else ever sees your work. You’ll know in your heart that the demise you’ve created is so much more fitting than the one they’ll ever experience in reality!  And this makes the sadness/turmoil/tension so much easier to deal with. Just a suggestion for you if you’re in that place….

Why am I telling you this? Well… this is particularly relevant to me as I’m plotting out my adult novel. Does my character suffer a fate worse than death? Does he die? Do I make him a comatose vegetable? Or does it end happily? So many choices, so little words! I think I’ll let the idea simmer some more & go back to work on the YA stuff, where bullies and bitchiness reign supreme! But before I go, I’ll leave you with some words of advice from Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women). She once said, ‘Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.’ I know a series of events helped me choose a happier path – this path of writing, and I’m all the better for it! I hope you are too!

Have a great week everyone & good luck with all your projects. ‘Til next time! x

{June 4, 2010}   I have an idea…..

Okay.. well I have an idea… And thank goodness!! I was starting to worry that all my creativity was being stifled by the pressures of full time work. Luckily for me, ideas are currently coming in a steady flow right now. I just wish I had more time to sit down and capture them.. which I guess I’ll do when the holidays finally arrive! .. (cue dream sequence here….)

But anyway, back to the brainwave. Driving to work this morning, I had the most amazing revelation that a YA story idea I’ve been bashing about for years, could potentially work in as a sequel to Bitter Besties… Finally, this semi-adapted idea (which I’ve already written 9,000 words for) can slot in nicely as a follow up to my favourite teen queens.. And I’m actually quite looking forward to connecting it all together. Now if I can just find a publisher for the first one, I can sell them on my sequel idea. Anyone? Anyone?? Anyone???? 😀

Have a great week everybody.. and good luck with all your projects! ‘Til next time. x

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