• Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5 Friday: Advice from Greek Mythology

    By Christine Hennebury (with contributions from Alex Drodge) This week’s Take 5 Friday is brought to you courtesy of storytelling, my love for ‘transferable skills,’ and my 18 year old’s course in Greek Mythology this past semester.  While the characters in Greek mythology are known for things that have little or nothing to do with writing, I’ve decided to ask a few mythological figures for some writing advice this week.  Artemis – Goddess of Wild Animals and the Hunt (and lots of other things) While there is little physical danger in the hunting of words, there is still the potential for peril. That is why you must choose your targets…

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5 Friday: 5 Ways That Focused TV Watching Can Help Your Writing

    by Christine Hennebury Spending a lot more time watching TV, Netflix, or YouTube these days? You aren’t alone.  A lot of us are entertaining and distracting ourselves with favourite shows, old and new, and taking comfort in knowing that the plotlines will be resolved, one way or another.  If you are watching TV and thoroughly enjoying yourself, then have at it.  However, if you are getting a little twitchy or feeling like you *should* be writing but you can’t quite stir yourself to open your work-in-progress, perhaps you can start by letting your favourite TV writers and actors inform your own writing. Here are 5 categories of observations to make…

  • Craft,  Discipline

    What To Do With Too Much Writing Advice

    Generally speaking, writers are isolated introverts, hiding from the real world, wrapping themselves up in their imaginary lands, fighting dragons, discovering treasure and falling in love. It’s a lonely place. It could be that they withdraw from the real world as an act of personal survival.

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5 Friday: 5 ways writing is like shoveling snow

    We’re having a ridiculous winter here on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. We’ve had over 350 centimeters (148 inches) of snow since winter began in November (we had almost 100 centimeters in one 24 hour period in late January) and we have more snow coming on the weekend. Earlier this week, I doing some shoveling after the latest storm and it occurred to me that shoveling snow and writing have a lot in common. Standing in a driveway looking at mounds of snow is not unlike looking at a blank page. You can’t know how long it will take but all you can do is dig in and…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    How To Make Words More Beautiful

    As we write, we can organize our words in such a way that their patterns, their meaning, their rhythm, their structure, and their message all sing together. Beautiful words, in prose, cannot be accidents. Finely crafted words come with discipline and practice. Lovely sentences do not lay on the page passively waiting for an optic nerve to come by and give them life. Beautiful sentences dance — they vary in their length, in their structure, in the vivacity of their verbs and in the nuances of their nouns. These words paint a picture — they don’t slap it together.