After a long break, I've returned to the editing process of my novel, From a Distance. Some of my readers have been with me from early days and I am extremely grateful to you for your patience. As writers, we know this is a complex process that involves many different components, not the least of… Continue reading I’m Back – Why I’ve Started Working on My Novel Again and What I am Learning
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
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
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
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
My writing is important to me, but lately I've had to take an honest look at what it is I want and need to do with my life. I've concluded I want to write. As a result, I am setting aside time to write. And, I'm putting my money where my mouth is and investing… Continue reading What is Your Writing Worth?
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?
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?