Talk about the why. Tell that story.
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HARDEN THE FUCK UP, CARE BEAR Any creative person has to be a little bit hard of heart — how can you not be? You can’t go sobbing into a potted plant every time you get a bad review. Just because someone told you “no, I can’t rep this, can’t publish this” doesn’t mean it’s […]
Just Keep Going! Ignore your inner nagging thoughts. They are seldom accurate perceptions of what you are actually achieving. It is deeply unfair to criticize your navigation skills when taking a journey into unknown territory. Try not to demoralize yourself. I call my first draft “the Lewis and Clark.” Any freaking way to the coast – […]
Hi! You may have noticed that I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks – but with good reason. I have been working almost daily on polishing my novel. I have even found some readers to provide editing and feedback before I start sending out my manuscript to publishers (with fingers crossed and a […]
PUBLISHING When it comes to novels, it’s a man’s world but a woman’s universe JOHN BARBER From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published Friday, Mar. 09, 2012 When Mary Anne Evans wanted to be taken seriously as a novelist, she gave herself a man’s name and wrote an essay, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, lacerating the […]
Twilight Fan Fiction Fifty Shades of Grey has taken out The Hunger Games as the #1 Book on USA TODAY’s Bestselling Books list. I haven’t read this book, described as a “midlife crisis” by the author, but it has been a major news piece in the literary and entertainment worlds in the past few weeks. […]
Competition is now open! Deadline to submit: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place […]
by Maria Popova Getting from “no coordinates exist like one’s domicile” to “there’s no place like home.” “Use the right word, not its second cousin,” Mark Twain admonished. “Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs,” David Ogilvy advised. Last week, my friends at TED launchedTED-Ed — a wonderful new series of short animated videos for high school […]
The following is an essay that Sarah Pekkanen, author of Skipping a Beat and These Girls, wrote for Writer Unboxed, a writing website that I will be adding to my personal resources as I finalize my own novel. I thought her writing tips were very useful – particularly with regard to making sure scenes have […]