Organizing for Writing

As writers we are always collecting material. I have file boxes full of notes. Numerous computer files. Bookshelves of books. My brain is constantly coming up with new concepts to write about. New angles. New stories. I can't possibly keep track of them all. Between my electronic notes and files, and my physical files and… Continue reading Organizing for Writing

How I Beat Writer’s Block

At the Peace Arch border crossing, entering the U.S. from Canada, the border patrol person asked me what I did for a living. He seemed very interested when I told him I was a writer and offered me a cure for writer's block. "You know what you have to do to overcome writer's block?" Of… Continue reading How I Beat Writer’s Block

My Writers’ Conference Experience

Last week I attended the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference began on Monday and ended Thursday afternoon. For any writer who has never attended a conference, I highly recommend it. One of the reasons to attend a writers' conference is that writers have access to agents and editors in a way… Continue reading My Writers’ Conference Experience

Orienting Your Reader

I am currently on holidays in Manitoba for a month, visiting family and attending two weddings, as well as my mother’s eightieth birthday celebration. While I am here I am also trying to carve out some daily time for writing. This is more easily said than done. I don’t have an internet connection so doing… Continue reading Orienting Your Reader

Will your voice sink or swim?

OK, enough about me and my journey. Time to get back to what I love to write about. I love sharing my discoveries about writing with my readers. I am excited because I just read an article in the September 2013 issue of Writer's Digest that has been particularly insightful for me on the subject… Continue reading Will your voice sink or swim?

Are you reading Writer’s Digest?

I noticed today that I can drop $40 on two books with scarcely a thought, but I'll spend considerable time deliberating over the purchase of a blouse for $39.99. Needless to say, my closet looks a little bare and my bookshelves are overflowing. My reading is mostly about curiosity and learning. I do read the… Continue reading Are you reading Writer’s Digest?