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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 … Continue reading

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My Happy Place as a Writer

For a long time I searched for my Happy Place as a writer and I didn’t find it. The reason I couldn’t find it was because I needed to create it. I needed to understand what this place is made … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Why do you write?

Recently I had someone ask me why people blog. I explored a few blogs to see what other writers are saying. If I were to sum it all up I would say we write for two reasons: ourselves and others–we … Continue reading

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What I learned from the NaNoWriMo process

The first two weeks of National November Write Month went better than expected. I managed to keep up with my target word count, more or less, or at least catch up. But then we ran into a bit of a … Continue reading

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NaNoWrMo

I’ve heard about it. National November Writing Month. Write a novel in a month. Here is a synopsis from the NaNoWrMo website: NaNoWriMo is all about using the magical power of deadlines to tell your story. Give someone a goal … Continue reading

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Why I have not been writing as much

From the perspective of the successful author, no reason is valid for not writing, short of being comatose or having both arms in a cast and my mouth wired shut. But for anyone who would like to hear about my … Continue reading

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