Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -2020- Pot Luck – #WritingHabits by D.G. Kaye | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I found this in my archives, not even sure I reblogged it? But It’s always interesting to look back on plans, then a year later, look where things went – south? Looking at plans, did they come to fruition? And then of course, the dreaded burnout. And then eagle-eye Sally Cronin found it in my archives and shared it at her Smorgasbord Blogs from the Archives Series.


Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -2020- Pot Luck – #WritingHabits by D.G. Kaye



Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

This is the first post by D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and she shares her observations about her writing habits and how the have changed over the course of her previous six books. I am sure something we can all relate to. This was first posted in January 2020 and just before Debby took a book break.


Change in Writing Habits, Book Break the New Book


Today I’m talking about how I notice some of my writing habits have changed through the years. When I wrote my first 6 books, I was disciplined differently. I did my writing first thing in the morning right after breakfast – or the day would surely distract me. But as the order of life sometimes changes, so has my writing.

I could write a rough draft in 2-3 months of writing 5 days a week with anywhere from 100 to 2000 words in a session, depending on the inspiration – sometimes the well is empty. After writing time, I’d move to the computer. Writing all my drafts in longhand comes in handy when wanting to stay off the computer to avoid distraction. After checking out blog comments, posts and social media, and although writing for the day was done, I then spent time in between the daily grind of life, reading articles on learning the trade of self- publishing and homing in on the craft of writing.

It’s now well over a year since I put out a new book. Oh sure, I was working on one, but somehow my enthusiasm wasn’t there, and I stopped enjoying the writing. Then life happened – a lot, then came winter vacation escape, and finally, I realized that I just needed a year off from the disciplined mandate of writing a book.

In that time of not writing a book I was still writing. I write 2 monthly columns, blog articles, book reviews, run guest interviews and have been featured as a guest myself on many blogs, and have even ventured into writing poetry more seriously. There’s no shortage of writing in my life, I just wasn’t feeling inspired to write another book without a timeout from the burnout of publishing 6 books in 5 years. Each of those books took up a good 6-8 months of my life, and I realized how swiftly life is passing by, and decided I need to be living a bit more before committing to a new project. So, I learned to accept my welcomed book writing break and learned it was okay to not be writing a book for a while. The only pressure I had was self-imposed, so I finally admitted I don’t have to write a book every day for the rest of my life, and if I’ve lost the interest for a particular project, it’s okay to abandon it. Now that doesn’t mean that all the work I’d put in would go to the delete bin. All it meant that the started manuscript would live in rest in a folder until such time I may get inspired to go back to it.

In that time away from book writing, without the rules of my self-imposed discipline hanging over me, instructing myself to write first thing in the morning, I didn’t always only write in the morning anymore. And I noticed I was developing new writing habits – writing spontaneously as compared to writing by schedule.

In my old writing habits, if the morning had passed and I was into my daily activities, I was done writing till the next morning. If an idea sprouted to mind, I’d simply jot down a sentence with the idea in a notebook to keep for fodder for a future a topic to write about. But now, throughout this past year plus that I haven’t put out a new book, I have found that random ideas have taken up more of my immediate attention—going with the inspiration when it hits. Instead of just making a notation, which would have certainly had a different interpretation than the one I originally had in mind from the magic of the moment, instead of just jotting the thought down and left to meld into the many other fleeting ideas, I’ll immediately pick up a notebook and write what comes to mind about that topic, while it’s fresh in my mind, dropping whatever I’m doing in that moment to take advantage of the moment. Please head over to Sally’s to continue reading.


*Note, I think I originally wrote this post in early 2020. Intentions were good, but 2020 happened big time in my life, and still continues. The book was finished and self-edited then left aside again. As soon as I get some semblance of a publishing mojo, the book will be released. Stay tuned!


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Let’s Have a Look – About #Writing – Writing Fiction vs. Nonfiction


Welcome to my new series in this new year. I decided to call it – Let’s Have a Look. #LetsHaveALook


So what exactly will we be having a look at? How do I describe this? Random topics or incidence I come across in daily life – from reading or watching the news, to a blog I may have read that gives me pause, are things I’ll be looking at. A spontaneous thought if triggered about a why or that raises a question to myself – I’m going to bring discussion to the event or article here.


So, Let’s Have a Look!


Today’s post came about inspired by a reply from my author friend, #fantasy writer, Diana Peach, who mentioned in reply to my comment I’d left on her recent post, when she shared about how one of her characters in her WIP sometimes directs where the story leads.

I had commented that I have enough trouble writing nonfiction about real people – implying that I could only imagine all that is involved in the creating of characters and fantasy storylines and Diana responded with this:


“Part of me thinks it would be harder to write real people, Debby, because a non-fiction author is writing from a particular perspective as well as making interpretations about others, all the while trying to represent the truth. It’s easier to just make everything up! Lol. A post from you about how you navigate that would be really interesting.”



Okay Diana, here’s the post!

Well yes, Diana brought up a good question in her reply, and prompted me to respond with a post about perspective and truth when writing nonfiction as opposed to creating fictional characters – whom often hold many real truths within their characters as well. Is it harder writing about real people? Let’s have a look.

Okay, I thought it would be fun to look at our differing perspectives on difficulty differences between writing in fiction or nonfiction. Diana claims it’s easier to write fiction (in gest?) because, she claims ‘it’s easier to make stuff up’. But in my opinion, I think writing in every specific genre brings its challenges.

As Diana claims, writing nonfiction entails finding the right perspective, while interpreting what we believe to be our truth. That’s what nonfiction writing is in essence, but there are other conditions to take in consideration as well:

  • The subject matter, and who will my story affect, regarding the ‘real’ characters in my stories?
  • By telling a truth that involves other people in the story, we have to be careful with descriptions and identities to avoid getting sued.
  • We don’t have the luxury to ‘alter’ a character in our story because that would be distorting the truth. So if that character has exhibited bad behavior, which is often a feature in our nonfiction/memoir stories, we have to take care how we present those people, leaving us having to be creatively truthful about exhibiting some of their most despicable behaviors.


I believe there are more barriers for nonfiction writers. Whether writing about characters or in an informative  self-help nonfiction book, the author must speak truth, and facts must be varifiable. Anything left unchecked or untruthful, will certainly create pushback on the author.

On the other hand, writing fiction allows for a lot more room for creativity, but it still must be a coherent telling and the actions and scenery must depict the setting. A good example of keeping the story flowing accurately is a story I remember reading about a long time ago, regarding the importance of continuity. I’d read that when the movie Ben Hur was being filmed, someone had caught a man wearing a wrist watch in one huge crowded scene – not a good look while wearing a toga. Well, it’s not hard to figure out nobody had watches back in those biblical times so this was a major faux pas. But it’s a good example of little incidental things that may go unchecked and can hinder a story from keeping real and true to the time period the story reflects.

So in summation, in reply to Diana’s comment where she expressed that it is easier to write fiction, I don’t exactly agree with that because to produce a good story, having all the elements tie in, writing engaging characters, and not to mention, worldbuilding, I should think it is an equally intense task writing for fiction writers too. Every genre requires research whether it’s fantasy, historical or literary fiction, or nonfiction. It’s a lot of work to write a book – any book, as all us authors here know. So as much as I appreciate Diana’s nod to nonfiction, I’m nodding right back at her.


What do you peeps have to say? Do you think writing in any one particular genre is more difficult than another?


Original post from Diana for reference



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I’m Featured at Sally Cronin’s -blog-magazine-open-house-sunday-interview-author-non-fiction-memoirs-d-g-kaye

Featured author of the week


Life has been a little chaotic this week and I haven’t completed reading a next book yet, possibly because I’m reading 3 at the same time, lol, so instead, I’m sharing my latest interview.

I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest author at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord. One never knows what Sally is going to ask us, so if your curious, have a read and continue reading over at Sally’s place.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Open House Sunday Interview – Author – Non-Fiction – Memoirs – D.G. Kaye

This week my lovely friend Debby, D.G. Kaye is taking over the hot seat and will be sharing the background to why she writes non-fiction and memoirs, her publishing adventures, favourite music and the one big adventure she would like to experience.



Time to find out more about Debby’s chosen subjects.


Thanks for having me over here today Sal. It’s always a pleasure to be featured on your esteemed blog.


Tell us about your genre of books that you write and why.

I’ve always been a ‘tell it the way it is’ kind of girl. In fact, I’m pretty sure I should have been a reporter. I’m a nonfiction/memoir writer and no matter how hard I try to get around that by dabbling into the odd fiction writing piece, it always seemed I was writing on factual incidents, so I decided why bother packing it as fiction, why not just own up to it and tell the truth. All my stories have lessons in them that others can take from them. And when a story isn’t about a serious topic, I’ll always try to inject humor whenever I can. Why? Because sometimes we all just need to look for the funny.


What adventures have you had publishing your work?


Seriously? I could write another book with my adventures and mishaps of self-publishing, but I’ll share a few here.

Before I began writing my first book, I spent a year trying to learn the business of publishing. I signed up for many newsletters from some of the pioneers in the biz to learn the essentials about how editors worked, what formatting entailed, the importance of good, professional book covers, and marketing. I was overwhelmed to say the least but my passion to write books was stronger than my fear of the publishing process. Through the course of writing and publishing 6 books, I learned a lot about what makes a good book cover, a painful lesson on hiring the wrong editor, what a properly formatted book entails (without learning the actual process of formatting myself, but I give good directives, lol), and the importance of sharing, caring and giving back where I can.

I am humble. And I never forget how intimidating it was for me to publish my first book and the people who reached out to give me great advice and a helping hand when I was eager to learn and grateful for any help anyone could offer me. That help came in ways of suggestions for editors, formatters, cover artists, promotional opportunities and friendships I slowly made along the way with other writers who had generously given of their time to help me solve many dilemmas along the way. Continue reading . . .


Stuck #Writing Your Author Bio? Try The (Totally Not Serious) Author Bio Generator | Journey To Ambeth


Festisite Reblog

Helen Jones from Journey To Ambeth wrote a fun post about how to write an author bio.


“So I’ve been noticing a trend recently of, shall we say, somewhat overwrought author bios, in which every detail is teased into something magnificent, a picture of a life fabulously lived. I realise that there are, in fact, authors who do live wonderfully exciting lives but I also seem to remember a time when it wasn’t really important to know about it. A time when an author bio was a few lines at the end of a book . . .”Continue Reading 


Source: Stuck Writing Your Author Bio? Try The (Totally Not Serious) Author Bio Generator | Journey To Ambeth

An Interview with D.G. Kaye – Eagle Peak Press – Writing

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I was recently interviewed by author/blogger John Mayberry.  Besides John’s book writing, 2 blogs he runs and various forums he manages on Linkedin, he also runs an Ezine called Eagle Peak Press Quarterly. Below is a snippet of my interview on writing.


Quarterly: What do you find most challenging about being a writer?

D.G. Kaye: While I wouldn’t have it any other way, self-publishing is most challenging because it takes so much time from writing. Self-publishing means editing, book cover creation, formatting, social engagement and promotion. While I sub out the editing, cover and formatting work, I’m still very much involved in the process. Becoming successful requires putting time into connecting with and attracting readers. I write a blog, follow and comment on blogs by others and interact on social media–all of which eats up lots of time but it’s essential. This is all part of promoting our own work if we want to give our books any visibility in a very crowded market.

Quarterly: It’s obvious from viewing your blog that you do indeed follow and engage with many other bloggers. That appears to have paid off with a large number of interviews and guest posts on those other blogs. Right? Do you believe that’s getting more reader interest and book sales? 

D.G. Kaye: Absolutely. I’ve noticed my following growing immensely in this past year. I follow many blogs, leaving comments on many posts. I believe the interaction has created friendships with other bloggers and inspired them to take interest in my blog in return. Ultimately, when readers enjoy what we write, they’re often inspired or curious to know more about our books. The engagement between me and my readers has led to numerous invitations to guest appear on their blogs, and subsequently has led to increased book sales. This isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes time building and establishing those relationships by interacting, putting out informative blog content and replying to comments readers have taken the time to write. Continue Reading


Source: An Interview with D.G. Kaye – Eagle Peak Press

Great Advice To Writers, From Writers | The Literacy Site Blog


The Literacy site is a great place to find various articles about writing. I chose this post to reblog to enlighten writers by reading what some well-known writers have to say about the craft.

“Be true to yourself and to the culture you were born into. Tell your story as only you can tell it.”




“Great Advice To Writers, From Writers

The writing process is something only other writers understand. For those days when the inspiration just isn’t coming, here are a few quotes that will inspire you to keep at it — from a few people who have been there.”

Great Advice To Writers, From Writers | The Literacy Site Blog.

On #The Writing Process



I was recently invited to create a post on the craft of writing for The Ladders, an online company which networks with potential jobseekers.As a comprehensive career resource, they take pride in being able to assist any demographic with their job search no matter the field.

As we all know, every writer has his/her own methods of writing which they are most familiar and comfortable with, but the elements involved for good writing, remain a standard.


Writing styles differ amongst all writers. The reasons we write can be for personal or business. Some write blogs, some are freelance writers, and others are published authors. Regardless of our preferences, we have to develop good content and a voice. But how do we get to that point?

We get there by dedicating ourselves to the craft. If we intend to share and showcase our work, we should be writing daily to hone our craft.

I seem to be the type of writer who writes on her blog, and is working on two books at one time. When I’m working in revisions I like to do creative writing exercises. My favorite book to use for writing prompts is Old Friend From Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg. Writing exercises are particularly good for breaking writer’s block. By committing to our writing, we should set goals either by setting daily word counts or by time allotment.

It should go without saying that to be good writers, we should be avid readers. Reading also gives us a sense of the writer’s voice. As good writers, we eventually find our own voice — how our words are projected on paper to the reader’s eyes and ears. Why do we gravitate to our favorite authors? Because we enjoy their writing style, the manner in which they tell their stories. If we wrote books and changed the style of narration in each one of them, people aren’t likely to gain a familiar feel for the author’s work collectively.

To simplify this, if each book written by a particular author in same genre read as though it were being told by someone other than that author, the reader may enjoy one of their books but may not go past reading another if they find that the reason they followed that author’s writing keeps changing with every book. Exception would be if the author wrote in more than one genre. But many authors tend to write in one genre.

Blogging is a wonderful avenue for writers because it helps to establish our presence in the writing world, and to connect with other writers and readers. We have so much to learn from other writers whether from reading their work, following links from their posts, or by getting introduced to new writers. There is so much ongoing information about the writing world we can obtain from others.

Many people who wish to blog sometimes wonder what they should blog about. But the universe is our oyster when it comes to topics. We can start our writing about random things until we actually find our niche. Eventually, after becoming a faithful blogger who posts regularly, we will find our own topics of interest through our own writing and we will notice by our growing followers who our writing becomes geared towards. This is how we begin to find our audience.

Some of the best advice we hear from seasoned writers is “Write what you know.” If we want to become a good writer, we have to write about things that interest us, and have value in sharing. Write about the things we ourselves like to read. Eventually, we acquire like-minded readers to our blogs and our books. Be authentic. Engage in our reader’s questions and comments, for without their eyes on our work, who would we be writing for? But remember, we will never be able to please everyone, not all writing appeals to everyone. And that’s okay, the people who share our interest will slowly become our tribe of readers.

I’ve had many discussions with other writers comparing our writing preferences. Some like to write in longhand, and some prefer creating at the keyboard. It doesn’t matter, either way we prefer, as long as we write.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Some are a little of both, like myself. Although I’m mostly a pantser, I still use my own structured system. I outline my story’s theme, chapters, and points I want to cover when writing a book or an article. I then let the story begin to flow from my pen. Yes, I said pen. I prefer writing longhand. I find my pen follows my thoughts very quickly, whereas, if I click a wrong key on the board, it hinders my train of thought because I can’t stop myself from correcting. And a good writer should never go back and stop to edit until the first draft is complete. Remember the words of Hemingway, ” The first draft is shit.” Besides that, I don’t feel creative in front of the computer. Spiral notepads and ballpoint pens are my tools of the trade.

While I’m on the subject of revisions, I’d like to defend my thoughts about writing in longhand. In some discussions about my preference, I’ve been asked, “Isn’t that twice the work to have to write on paper and then have to enter the work into the computer?” I actually find this process very helpful. It becomes a part of first round revisions. By entering my draft into the computer, it automatically goes through the first round as I’m entering. It gives me a chance to reread my thoughts as I am translating them and fixing up an initially crappy draft. It really is a matter of preference and a matter of comfort which manner we choose to write in.

When revising, it’s always good practice to print out a copy and read our work on paper, after a few prior rounds, and particularly for the last round of revisions. It’s surprising to find errors missed when reading on the screen. The human eye tends to miss common errors on the computer screen. The more polished our work is before it goes to the editor, the less it will cost.

In summation, I’d like to include some helpful tips for writing:

– Journaling will give us a lot of thoughts to look back on and write about.

– Blogging is also great writing exercise, and gives us a chance to find our captive


– Write something everyday.

– Work on developing your voice.

– Don’t stop and revise along the way of creating.

–  Join writing groups and/or online writing forums.

– Subscribe to newsletters and publications of influencers in the industry.

– Become a part of social media to establish a presence, by connecting with other

writers, groups, and readers.

Keep feeding your passion for writing. There is always something new to learn.

Happy Writing!


D.G. Kaye. ©2015



Helpful Writing Tips – From the Blog of Kristen Lamb




Today I am posting another informative post from Kristen Lamb’s blog. This particular article offers a Red Flag checklist on common errors that writers sometimes overlook. Kristen comments on the importance of editing for all writers — experienced and new. She reminds us that ‘cleaning up’ our manuscripts, with her flagged list, not only makes the editor’s job easier to read but also results in costing writers less in editing fees.

Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision | Kristen Lamb’s Blog.