• Craft,  Creativity,  Organization,  Uncategorized

    Create a Writing Habit that Works for You

    What do you think is the one thing that successful writers have in common? Talent, you might say. An extraordinarily creative mind. Persistence. Maybe just plain luck. All of these can play a role, but they aren’t the determining factor. Consider what these well-known authors have said. Maya Angelou: “I keep a hotel room in which I do my work… I try to get there around seven, and I work until two in the afternoon.” Alice Munro: “I write every morning, seven days a week. I write starting about eight o’clock and finish around eleven…. I have a quota of pages.” Steven King: “I try to get six pages a…

  • Craft,  Creativity

    What Do I Do When My Story Isn’t Going Anywhere?

    It is very possible to want to write a story, have a story idea, and plan on knocking out 50,000 words in 30 days without really knowing the important necessities of a story. Sure, in Western Culture we've heard countless stories, we have a general idea of beginning, middle and end. We know that you need characters and setting and some sort of plot despite the title of this book. But to write a story you really need to get a handle on what's needed in a GOOD ONE before you try crafting one.

  • Craft,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Take 5 Friday: Five Gentle Reminders About Writing

    Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Joyous Friday! Whatever you are celebrating (or not celebrating today) I hope this post finds you with some of your favourite comforts and, perhaps with a little time to write! As a little holiday gift, I offer you these five gentle reminders about your writing.  You can write whatever you want If you are writing for your own happiness, to work your way through something, or for the sheer joy of stringing words together, you can’t write whatever you please.  You don’t need to be writing something that someone else would see as useful. Your writing can be just for you. It’s okay to write something…

  • Craft

    Eight Must Haves For A Great Story

    Now there are other issues that you may want to address as you plod along with your work-in-progress, like point of view or genre. But these eight are crucial. Learn all you can, practice all you can, and get all the help you can. And you can be an excellent storyteller.

  • Creativity,  Self Talk

    Take 5 Friday: Five Writerly Ways to Round Out 2020

    Planning to spend the next few weeks in holiday mode? In relaxation mode? Going full steam ahead?  No matter how you plan to spend the rest of 2020, it can be VERY good for your writing.  Here are 5 links to previous posts to help you see how your plans can foster your writing.  Taking a break? If your plans involve taking time away from your writing, don’t feel guilty about it!  Enjoy that time away. Let your writer-brain rest and let those ideas bubble.  If you find yourself feeling a bit weird or guilty about taking time off, choose a specific time to get back to the page. Sometimes…

  • Craft,  Revising and Editing

    Five Ways To Make Your Story “Good”

    Unfortunately, that descriptor "good" is a vague one. We may not even know what we're asking when we ask it. We may not want anything from the person we are asking except a nod, and maybe their dinner order. We really only want validation that our creative efforts aren't wasted and that maybe that MFA degree wasn't a waste of money.

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Five Ways To Develop Writers Voice

    Each life has a unique story and we can't help but be affected by our heartbreaks and victories. We've all be educated in one way or another and this will play a role in the development of our writer voice.

  • Craft,  Creativity

    How To Make Your Scenes More Cinematic

    You've read over the descriptions of the settings that were rich and details. As you turned the pages, you may have had a sense of action and tension that felt exactly right. As you read the dialogue, you could actually hear the characters speaking. You saw them bust into the safe, stash the jewels into their pockets, and scurry out the back door before the owner walked in the front. You love books that read like movies.

  • Creativity,  Inspiration,  Interviews With Authors

    Take 5 Friday: Five Questions for Author Michelle Butler Hallett

    For this month’s Five Questions posts, we’re pleased to welcome author Michelle Butler Hallett who offers her insight and advice about the writing process. Michelle is the author of five novels – This Marlowe, deluded your sailors, Sky Waves, Double-blind and Constant Nobody (to be released in March 2021 from Goose Lane Editions) and the story collection The shadow side of grace.  Constant Nobody is available for pre-order here.  You can find out more about Michelle’s work on her website and on her Facebook page. What aspects of writing are easiest for you? Revision. I find the first draft intimidating and difficult. The first draft has gotten a bit easier…