THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE FOR WRITERS

“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

TIME TO CREATE

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. .5.6.7.8.9. 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

STILL CLIMBING

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

How to Breathe Life into Flat Characters

  “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The timelessness and the popularity of the story of Anne of Green Gables are rooted in the character of Anne. LM Montgomery managed to create a delightful character who readers love and care about. Even readers in other cultures adore the

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

Winds of L’Acadie Turns Ten!!!

It’s hard to believe that Winds of L’Acadie came out TEN years ago! I’ll never forget that feeling of seeing my book on the shelves at the bookstores for the first time.  What a thrill! That was the beginning of a whole new world. A world filled with creative people who were authors and illustrators