Author Archives: Turney Duff

Story Structure is Important, but…

I really need to learn how to structure my day. I’m so grateful to be busy and have lots of writing to do, but some days I’m not sure how it will all get done. The biggest thing I struggle with is balancing paying the bills vs. my own writing. I’m now a contributor for cafe.com and cnbc.com along with a ghostwriting project. Which is all great, but when am I supposed to work on my novel that may need another rewrite or the screenplay Continue reading →

Plausibility is a b*tch…

This week my agent will be sending out my first work of fiction. I actually started it four years ago. This is what I originally wrote when I started the book. Over the past few years drugs and alcohol took control of my life. It’s a well-worn tale, I know. You stop short on the sidewalk in New York City and ten addicts with the same story will pile into you. This is not one of those stories. The darkness of my addiction became more Continue reading →

High-quality Problems…

I used to hear that phrase all of the time. “It’s a high-quality problem,” someone would say on Wall Street. It made sense to me. A problem where even the worst consequence is a desirable outcome. I’m not sure if my so-called problems are high-quality or not, but I’m very grateful to have them. Especially if I look back at what I used to worry about. So what my paperback launch didn’t start off how I hoped… So what I have to wait a few more Continue reading →

Amazon Addict…

Thirty Six days ago I realized I had a problem. For months I’d been checking my amazon.com page to see sales rank and for any new reviews. Some days I was logging on to it six or seven times a day. As an addict I’ve learned I need to stay away from all mood altering substances. My rank and reviews were definitely mood altering. A bump in sales or a good review gave me a high of about thirty seconds, while seeing a lower ranking Continue reading →