“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” Ray Bradbury. All the reading I have been doing recently, is definitely paying off as I contemplate my recent manuscript and make revisions. Locking it away where I
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.
Believe it or not, it is the same principle when you sit down to write a novel. If you are focused on the “jobs” you have to do, such as the what and the where of your various plot points and how many words should be between them, the story will hang over you like
How honoured I was when Under the Cover wanted to feature The Journal in their special International Women’s Day piece! The Journal had only been released the month before. Today I am reminded of all the amazing women who fought for women’s rights AND of today’s strong heroine’s who are doing just that for the
It’s true that we can be inspired by bad writing as well as good writing. Poorly written novels may give us that boost of confidence that we can “do better than that!” But I’m finding that I want my mind filled with brilliant writing, as I wade through my revisions for Anywhere But Here. My first
Are you a “plotter” or a pantster?” From the time I first decided to write a novel, I knew I was a pantster. This, of course, is the word used to describe writers who write “by the seat of their pants,” rather than meticulously planning out every detail before typing Chapter 1. It’s not
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Phillip Pullman What could be more fun than taking a tin full of treasures to inspire young writers? This week I am honoured to participate in Story Avenue along with groups of Grade 5 and Grade 6 students in
“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair—the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart…Come to it anyway, but lightly. You must not come lightly to the blank page.” Stephen King Sage advice from a very prolific writer. He didn’t
“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that…” – Harlan Ellison In January, I focused on a few ways to light that spark of inspiration.
Who doesn’t want to be brilliant? When I first came across Todd Henry’s book, THE ACCIDENTAL CREATIVE: How to Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice, the title immediately caught my attention. I am working really hard at the creative process. How, I wondered do you become a Creative accidentally? Henry’s description of a Creative encompasses
I read somewhere that it is helpful to have a mantra that you repeat over and over to help you get in the mood to write. I’m thinking mine should be something like this quote from Natalie Goldberg. Seriously! Every day that I don’t write, I chastise myself for not accomplishing what I had intended