Something I learned about writing today: This is not easy

“They just started casting for the movie—when can you fly down to Hollywood?” Despite all the times I’ve been told publishing is a highly competitive industry, I can’t help it. Every time I send a manuscript off to my agent contact, part of me can’t help but hope that this it. She is going to […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Matricide Yay!

It’s okay to kill your mother. According to Miriam Toews, one powerful way to set up conflict for your protagonist, is to take something away from them that you yourself hold dear. Describing her process of writing A Complicated Kindness in Herizon magazine, Miriam states: “The relationship I have with my mother is so strong […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Speling is optional

  Ever since my grade nine English teacher berated me for using ‘allot’ instead of ‘a lot’ in my limerick about Canadian wildlife, punctuation, grammar and spelling have not been my friend, which is why I naturally felt a great joy upon reading Kurt Vonnegut’s quote on the subject this afternoon. “Here is a lesson […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Doubt Yes!

  Ever wake up in the middle of the night and think, holly crap what am I doing? This manuscript is garbage! I just wasted six months of my life!? I do. Often.  However, apparently that is okay. No, it is better than okay. According to Lainey Lui, “insecurity is the lifeblood of the writer”. […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Don’t worry about monkey tails

  Why doesn’t George have a tail? Did he lose in a traumatic jungle event involving zebras and those plastic soda can things? Or did Hans just run out of ink? As I reader, I often stop and  wonder about plot twists and character traits, and yes, what it or isn’t on the end of […]

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Things that inspire me to write #18: New Girl the Novel

Whoot! whoot! for Joan…mostly. I ran into a woman I used to be in a writing group with this afternoon and found out one of the manuscripts she was working on, New Girl during our sessions was released as an e-book last October by Musa Publishing. And despite the initial twinge of envy I admit […]

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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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Things that inspire me to write #54: The Center for Digital Storytelling

I have always loved stories—everything from the pink princess bed time kind to the funny-thing-that-happened-to-me-on-the-way-to-the-grocery-store kind. I guess that’s why I write—and why I was first attracted to the Centre for the Digital Storytelling. A few years ago I took a week long workshop at the Berkeley campus of this organization, and learned not only the […]

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Things that inspire me to write #62: Kate Jacobs

  A constant grey fog hanging overhead, large wooden deer and moose statues on almost every corner, and not a single green emblazoned grande cup in sight. If you ever have been to the Canadian town of Hope, you will know that is a small and sleepy little town—in every sense. In other words, the […]

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