Lois Donovan

Author of historical time travels, THE JOURNAL and WINDS OF L'ACADIE, Lois is in demand as a speaker/presenter at literary conferences and young writers' conferences and teachers conventions. Lois grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, but has called Calgary home for many years. Currently, Lois enjoys life in Calgary with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A WRITER

Sol Stein in How To Grow A Novel: • A writer is someone who cannot not write. ( A non-writer is someone who can write or not, who does not have the drive and need to put words to paper.) • A writer is someone who looks forward to the day’s work, even if it

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

There was a time, not so long ago that I considered writing prompts, tips for writers who couldn’t think of what to write. Writers who were not in the middle of writing a novel. Prompts for people whose own imagination had failed them. I was wrong. It was my imagination, as it turned out, that

GET INSPIRED – IT REALLY WORKS!

  It shouldn’t still surprise me, but it always does. When you feel inspired, great things happen. All of those walls evoked such positive feelings that the creative energy began to flow. When I went back to my WIP, I couldn’t help but renewed enthusiasm, grateful for the many experiences that led me to those

WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL – LOOK AGAIN!

Nothing is working! I want to scream it from the roof tops. My WIP with the working title of Anywhere But Here appeared to be progressing well.  There were some scenes that needed strengthening but I always knew where the story was going and how it would end. So, I did not expect to hit the

A Tree? Or a Green Thing? Or Imagination?

I was thrilled when I came across this Blake quote today. It fits perfectly into my WIP Anywhere But Here. Now I just have to find a way to slip it in. Or perhaps I should begin each chapter with a quote. That idea is a rather daunting one, although I always love it when

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR DAILY DOSE?

When I was a kid, daydreaming wasn’t exactly popular. I should know. I got in trouble for daydreaming a lot! Daydreaming in school was particularly frowned upon. Still, a kid can only listen for so long without her mind wandering – right? But then when the teacher sees your eyes glaze over, she pounces, knowing

HANG ON TO YOUR DREAM

As with most things in life, keeping up with the idea of stretching my imagination, of making time and space for my imagination, can sometimes be a challenge. There are concerts to attend and new puppies to train. Whether I am trying to find time to write or to seek out new ways to live