I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN…

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  ― Kurt Vonnegut, Nothing feels quite so much like jumping off a cliff, then preparing for twenty presentations back to back! With several age groups and several different presentations, I feel like perhaps some circus skills (juggling for example) are

WHEN YOUR BOSS IS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

It’s Friday the 13th, and as if that isn’t bad enough, our entire city, province actually, is under the spell of the White Witch of Narnia. The calendar says it is spring but winter shows no signs of ending. As I sit at my computer, it is snowing AGAIN and underneath the snow is a

WHAT GOOD AUTHORS DO

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

How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

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

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 6

On the Sixth day of Christmas, my true Muse gave to me … Secrets? Six secret Writing Prompts: Everyone loves a secret. But are we able to keep secrets? As writers, it’s very tempting to use secrets as material. People should probably consider that before confiding in us! For now, let’s have fun with some secrets.

IN A BLUE FUNK*

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Tom Hanks as Jimmy in A League of Their Own, staring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. Dottie (Geena) wants to quit the baseball league, claiming it’s too hard. That’s the way I feel about writing.

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

HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMAGINATION

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Jessie Potter   The first step in building a stronger imagination, is to do things differently. That’s why, when I started this quest at the beginning of 2017, I decided I needed to broaden my creative experience. It occurred to