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Practice Makes Perfect: Debbie Kaufman on Writing Improvement

Kaufman headshot nov 7By Debbie Kaufman

A lot of you might already know that my 2nd book, Journey of Hope (Buy your copy here), released last week.  One of the universal comments on Journey of Hope that I’ve received from people I know has been, “I like it even better than the first book.”  LOL, that statement is usually followed by a quick disclaimer, “Oh, I liked the first book, it’s just that this one is even better.”  It’s as if they fear that they have just insulted me or something.cover hi res journey of Hope

But, I’m far from insulted to hear that Journey of Hope is better than The Doctor’s Mission.  After all, shouldn’t each new book in an author’s career reflect improvement?  Exactly like that old adage, practice makes perfect.  If the third book gets similar comments, it will tell me that the practice of writing is paying off!

Hopefully, as we learn and grow in any skill, we get better, right?  Think back to that sport, that first culinary attempt, those music lessons, or whatever skill you’ve acquired or are beginning to acquire in your life.  You’re better than your first attempt, right?

Cover Hi res.Have you ever discovered an author later in their career and gone back to read those first couple of books?  If you have, my point is made.

I want to be one of those authors whose readers find that their later works are better than their first.  What is it you want to improve on in your life? To be able to look back on later and see how far you’ve come?  Share with me and be in the running for your choice of a copy of Journey of Hope or The Doctor’s Mission.

To read an excerpt for Journey of Hope: Go HERE


Debbie Kaufman writes inspirational historical romance for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line. The fact that some of her books contain cannibals should be understood as an element of adventurous romance stories and should never misconstrued as a sign of a warped mind. Debbie insists she is as normal as everyone else.  To decide for yourself, connect with her at her WEBSITELIKE her on Facebook, or go follow her on Twitter.


Carol Burnside - January 16, 2014 - 12:22 am

Debbie, I enjoyed the first book and am looking forward to reading this one. I was pleased to learn I’d won a print copy in your photo contest. What fun!

Marilyn Baron - January 16, 2014 - 6:40 am

I’ve usually found in literary fiction that the first book is the best. I have noticed that in some cases in popular fiction when a writer
dies and another writer takes over the franchise the writing actually improves. In Romance I think the level of quality remains consistently good from book to book. But I would take it as a compliment if someone said my writing had improved. That’s the goal.

Susan - January 16, 2014 - 8:03 am

I agree with you. We should be getting better at anything we are working at, be it writing, swimming, car racing or just life.

Pam Asberry - January 16, 2014 - 8:45 am

I want to get better at EVERYTHING I do: playing the piano, making jewelry and writing. You are such an inspiration!

Maxine - January 16, 2014 - 8:53 am

Debbie, I sometimes go back and read my first book–and promptly put it “back under the bed.” Hopefully one day I can redo it. Geez, hopefully, one day I’ll get one to the point of being published!

Tamara LeBlanc - January 16, 2014 - 9:19 am

Debbie, I really enjoyed your first book. haven’t read the second, but I loved the sweetness of the romance and the realistic world you built in The Doctor’s Mission. I’m betting the second one IS better. You seem like the type of person who wants to excell.
I want to improve at finishing books quicker. That’s my goal this year. Finish two books instead of one. A year is too long.
Love your covers, by the way!!!
Have a great weekend and hope to see you at the meeting!

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 9:53 am

Carol, I’m glad you were one of my two winners for that. I had to choose two because they were both great. It was my first ever, caption this photo contest, and if I ever get another pic like that one, I’ll do it again! Thanks for joining in the fun, and I hope you enjoy JOH!

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 9:55 am

Marilyn, maybe that’s why To Kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s only book. I think it takes a lot out of you to craft literary fiction, not that writing commercial fiction is easy, LOL! But, yes, the goal is to improve.

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 10:00 am

Car racing…did I ever tell you that I used to do those gymkhana car races back in the late 70s early 80’s. They are called solo car races these days.

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 10:04 am

Pam, wow, speaking of inspirations, I’ve noticed from your FB and blog that besides the piano, jewelry-making (go see her ETSY shop folks: )and writing, that you are now doing soap-making, and other hand crafts. Wow, girl!

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 10:05 am

Maxine, we all have THOSE books, lol! Keep at it, practice, revise, learn. You have the potential, girl! I want to see you published, too!

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 10:07 am

Tamara, thanks, how sweet of you to say. I actually have the same goal, two or more books this year. It’s hard to do when life hands us so much else to handle, though. I keep thinking I’m going to catch a break…but now I think I should just write and expect life to adjust.

Connie Gillam - January 16, 2014 - 11:43 am


My goal is to continue to improve my craft-writing. Like Maxine, I’ve pulled out my first book and realized how far I’ve come. I’m in the process of revising (more like rewriting it). It’s a great story and deserves to be told. Maybe now I can do a better job of writing it.

Debbie Kaufman - January 16, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Connie, I think sometimes that there are stories we have to tell, but some have to wait on us to get prepared in many ways to write them.

Sia Huff - January 16, 2014 - 6:47 pm

I agree with you, Debbie. Absolutely, I want to improve the craft of writing. Yes, I remember the first few times I cooked a meal. I remember my Dad needing to take us out to dinner because the pork chops were burned beyond recognition.
Like Pam, I hope to improve with everything – but this year to learn how to make gluten free cooking easier.

Sandra Elzie - January 16, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Hi Deb,
No one should ever be offended when someone expresses liking one book more than another. I agree with you that we should be improving as we go, but also, one subject might just interest someone…or a specific location, etc. Both of your books ae fabulous, so be proud, my friend.

Debbie Kaufman - January 17, 2014 - 9:02 am

Sia, having eaten a few of your gluten-free offerings, all I can say is YUM! Happy to try out any of your efforts for improvement, LOL!

Debbie Kaufman - January 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

Sandy, I agree, we all have our interests. Thanks!

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