Beauty tips for the writer

I have stumbled upon a sure-fire way for writers to make themselves feel beautiful.(This probably only works for women writers, but hey, the guys don’t have to worry about being beautiful anyway.)

Step one: have revisions due on a certain date.

Step two: ascertain that you will not make this date unless you give up several things in your life like showering or grooming.

Step three: repeat step two for several days.

Step four: by the time you finish your revisions you will resemble the troll-like figure on the front cover of Brandon Mull’s first Fablehaven book.
Step five: now that your revisions are done, shower, dress in something besides the lifeless sweats you’ve been wearing, and do your hair and makeup. You will be astounded by how good you look. In fact, you will be downright stunning in comparison to how you’ve looked for the last few days.

It works every time.


  1. Stephanie Black
    May 29, 2009 at 6:20 am

    It’s brilliant, Janette! I always knew you were a genius.

  2. Annette Lyon
    May 29, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Hey, I’ve done that–more times than I’d like to admit. At the end, my entire family drenches me with compliments about how great I look . . . they act all shocked, because of the previous hag effect.

  3. Danyelle
    May 29, 2009 at 8:03 am


    Now I know the secret . . .

  4. Julie Wright
    May 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Oh so that’s how you get rid of the hag look. I’ve been doing it all wrong and just continuing the dress like a hag trend even after revisions are done. 🙂

  5. Janette Rallison
    May 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    We could all volunteer to be models for Brandon Mull’s next book.

  6. Sarah M Eden
    May 31, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I tried that once. My kids didn’t recognize me. Since then I’ve taken to de-trolling in stages.

  7. Lisa
    May 31, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    And if you don’t complete step five you’ll eventualy look like the many-headed dragon on the fourth book.

  8. Elliah A. Terry
    May 31, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Can’t wait to try it! I loved Fablehaven, btw.

  9. Pink Ink
    June 4, 2009 at 7:24 am

    That’s why I go on camping trips with my family. After the return shower, I feel positively glamorous.

    Congrats on finishing your revisions!

  10. Kimberly
    June 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Ah, that’s my problem trying to break into this biz. I shower too often!

  11. Rebecca Talley
    June 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    So you’re supposed to look better after revisions? Hmmm . . . I should try that.

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    August 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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