Things that inspire me to write #3: Eleanor Updale’s The Last Minute

Like setting and conflict, time is one of those Important Novel Elements discussed in every writing class I have ever taken. When does one scene take place in relation to another? How is that conveyed? And whatever you do, don’t go overboard on the flashbacks. All good advice, of course, however, nothing makes me more […]

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Things that inspire me to write #7: Rachel Vincent’s idea fog

  Anything two feet ahead of me no longer exists and the sky is a constant slate of white. The fog has settled on my part of the world and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon–and I’m starting to think that may not be such a bad thing. In the acknowledgements section of Before I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #10: The Queen Who Stole the Sky

  Apparently I have always harbored a weakness for really pretty clothes. One of my favorite books as child (after Cinderella for Obvious Reasons), The Queen Who Stole the Sky, is about a woman who cuts down the sky and turns it into a ball gown—her hem shimmering with golden stars and rose colored sunsets as she […]

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Things that inspire me to write #11: My mom’s book

It may not have been made into a three-part movie, or have its own product line—in fact it is technically no longer in print—however the fact that my mom’s story, Grizzly Pete and the Ghosts was a) published and b)  by the same people who brought Robert Munsch to the world, is pretty much good enough for […]

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Things that inspire me to write #30: Fifty Shades of Grey

No, I haven’t read it, but with 65 million copies sold by what started as a  self-published ebook, I don’t need to. So, thank you Fifty Shades of Grey, one of these days I’ll get around to seeing what all the excitement is over, but in the meantime, the fact that the excitement exists, and has taken […]

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Things that inspire me to write #51: V.C. Andrews

Rape, incest, and abusive rich grandmothers. Though I adored anything V.C. Andrews when I was a teenager, looking back on her novels now I have to say the woman created some pretty dark and demented plots. In fact, I would be surprised that my parents even let me read them back then if they hadn’t allowed […]

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