LET YOUR CHARACTER WRITE THE STORY

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” —Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD When I begin to feel a writer’s block building in

FREE YOUR MIND

 “Once you connect with your mind, you are who you are and you are free.” Natalie Goldberg   When I first began attending writing workshops, I noticed that they always seemed to start with some form of stream-of-consciousness writing. Natalie Goldberg, author of the best selling Writing Down the Bones, begins every workshop she teaches with

WE ARE ALL CREATIVE

The Artist’sWay by Julia Cameron is based on the premise “We are all creative. We can all be more creative.” When I started this IMAGINE  blog  in January, it was with this premise and with the goal of developing a stronger imagination.  After several months of exploration, I’m now ready to settle in to some

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A WRITER

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”  – Somerset Maugham 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 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

CREATE A UNIQUE VOICE

How can I use my imagination to create a unique, yet totally relatable character?  What I have realized is that I need to use every possible opportunity to develop the personality of my  character. I need to practice “being” Lily. I need to literally live inside my story. What quirks/mannerisms does Lily display when eating?

THE WAR FOR THE IMAGINATION

I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Neil Gaiman The Guardian This article is a MUST read. Are we in danger of regressing in the 21st century? I’m not going to reiterate what Neil Gaiman already said so passionately and eloquently in

BUILD A STAIRWAY

“Books build a stairway to your imagination.” Andrew Gazaldo Reading the works of gifted literary artists is a wonderful way to develop, not only your writing skills, but your imagination. It’s tempting to keep working on “the project” but reading is never a waste of time. So, on this Fiction Friday, I’m climbing into Wayne

Stuart McLean MORE THAN A STORYTELLER

Stuart McLean was a Canadian icon and the ultimate ambassador for Canada, criss-crossing the country to share his stories and to hear our stories.  He joined us in our homes, in our cars, in our offices; sharing our idiosyncrasies and our Canadianisms. We loved to laugh at his astute observations and the witty commentary that

MAKING THE ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY

 “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” Neil Gaiman That making of something that wasn’t there before, is the very essence of creativity. It’s why I write. We are all unique. So when we create, we are bringing something to the world that no one else can or