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

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

From My Bookshelf: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gail Carson Levine, Newberry Honor author, has written a delightful and practical writing guide titled, Writing Magic. Written for ages 8 and up, Levine shares her gift of  Creating Stories That Fly. I’m glad she doesn’t put an upper age limit on this little gem, because I love it. Who doesn’t want to create stories that fly?