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


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

OUTLINE YOUR STORY: From a “Panster” Point of View

  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


“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.

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


Have you ever noticed when you are the most creative? Science tells us that it is that foggy time between sleeping and waking. According to Kevan Lee in his article, The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas – According to Science,  “We know that the creative mind is an early riser and that the editing mind

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 11 Gifts from the Muse

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Eleven  character smiles: (Try these out at the family dinner!) The next time you aren’t sure how to describe your character’s smile you might want to try one of these! . 2. . 10.11. The Muse consulted Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon,

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Gifts from the Muse – Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Ten excellent endings:  1. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald          2 “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell 3. “But wherever they go, and whatever happens to

THE HEART OF REVISION – It’s Not in the Words

Remember what Robert Frost said? “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader…” As much as I love words, and as much as I love contemplating word choices when doing the final polishing, I know that words alone are not going to cut it. From the beginning of this project, I knew how


An exploratory dig in my office unearthed this card that I received over a decade ago, before my first novel came out. I’m still dreaming. Still climbing! It’s funny. In the beginning, when I had exactly 0 novels written and publishing credits were limited to minor magazine articles, I dreamed of seeing a novel I