Author Archives: Turney Duff

Writer’s Career over 9 months after Publication…

I’m insane, but at least I know it. I’m sure I’m not alone, but as a writer we often have many ups and downs. The last month or so I’ve been feeling like I’ll never publish another book. I’ve been working on a novel and received notes and had a conference call from my editor I had for my memoir. He said so many nice things and was very encouraging, but what I heard was… Your career is over! So I’m back to the 72nd Continue reading →

Clichés… Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.

In the rules of writing, avoiding clichés is right up at the top of heap. When I first started putting pen to paper, my pages were filled with more clichés than you could shake a stick at. I couldn’t help myself, it was like they had a mind of their own. Back then, I was my own worst enemy, but now I see them in a whole new light. Really. There’s a method to my madness. The most important things about writing a first draft Continue reading →

To Tweet or Not to Tweet…

I haven’t found my twitter niche yet. That’s okay, but I’m wondering if I’ll ever find it or do I have to find it at all? The powers that be tell me YES. Every author has to be on it. And has to be active. Um, okay, I’ll try. Random Thoughts from a C+ Twitter Guy… Don’t tweet where you eat – Does sending 37 tweets a day promoting your book really work? For me it has the exact opposite effect from your desired intention. Continue reading →

Story within the Story…

“Remember when I told you that the reason I limped – rather than walked — into my first rehab was that I’d slipped and fell into a puddle? Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I actually told the people at work that I’d been mugged, but that’s not the truth either. I was just out of excuses. I’d lied and called in sick so many times owing to my love affair with cocaine that, to hide one more relapse, I actually faked my own mugging. I Continue reading →