5 Mistakes We Made While Writing

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We are, among other things, committed to honesty and vulnerability. We have made so many mistakes along our writing journey and are happy to share them with you here. Our hope is that you can learn from them so you don’t have to endure the same bumblings, and perhaps you can laugh a little too. So without further ado, and … Read More

Picking Up the Pieces

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And best of all, “The only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart.” – Colum McCann I hear you, Colum, I hear you. Or as my man C.S. said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping … Read More

How to Find My Writing Inspiration

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I’ll only speak for myself here, but there are a few things I believe bring out the best in my writing self. On this sunny Monday, I’ll share a few of them with you. 1. Silence. I can’t write with music or noise at all. 2. Location. I hear I’m not supposed to bring my work to my bedroom, but I … Read More

“Oprah Called”

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I’ll say this casually to my husband the day it happens. I’ll spend hours practicing my nonchalant expression in the mirror so that when I deliver this auspicious news at the dinner table, it will seem incidental. I have a sneaking suspicion that Oprah and Ellen talk to far fewer authors than we’re giving them credit for, but believing they’ll want … Read More

Celebrating the Milestones

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Hi friends, Happy Monday! We wanted to give you a head’s up that after some mad editing skills from Courtney (thanks, Courtney!) we have officially submitted our first manuscript to a few agents. We FaceTimed each other as we each hit send on our very first email submission and are excited about the agent list we curated. This morning I bought … Read More

Meet Layne James

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The first thing you should know about me is that I’m from Kentucky, the second is that even though my state is famous for it, I don’t like bourbon. The third is that I’m trying really hard to like gin because one of my writer friends told me that “legit writers always drink gin.” For as long as I can … Read More

In Search of the Perfect First Line

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Hi friends! It’s official, we are “done” with our first book, and while we wait for feedback from our beta readers on our second book, we’ll be submitting Remember Us to a number of agents. Please cross all your fingers and all your toes with us. That being said, now that we got to The End, we went back to … Read More

What If I’m Actually a Terrible Writer?

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I was in the middle of putting this subject on my list of blog topics when my friend who has been beta reading our second book messaged me. “Also, I hope to finish your book soooon and maybe we can meet for coffee to discuss ??☕” (Gulp.) What if she has to tell me it’s all horrible, the worst thing she’s ever … Read More

A Rose by Any Other Name…the story of our Names

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Masses, It’s official, our website is launched, and we’re celebrating in our separate corners. Thanks for visiting our writing site; we’re excited for this space. We’ll use it to share our writing journey, give you snippets of our books, engage in conversation with other authors, etc. For today, we thought we’d give you a bit of background on our names. … Read More

Slay Your Darlings

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Artists and writers make their “living” on the opinion of others. If the world likes their work, they get paid, if not they don’t. And yet, nothing is more terrifying than handing your baby over to someone who could potentially rip your work apart. Some of the best advice we’ve ever been given regarding writing is to “slay your darlings.” … Read More