Scrivner and Me – Eye to Eye

If today is the first time you’ve stopped by The View–Welcome.  My weekly Tuesday blog is  following the writing process as I work through my third novel. One of the reasons I am blogging my progress this time is accountability. You, my friends, are forcing me to think about what I am actually accomplishing each

A New Tool for Writing Stuff

I am very pumped about my new WIP (work in progress). Do you remember me mentioning that the story chooses me and not vice-versa? So true. While soaking in the tub (my favourite brainstorming spot), a story came to me that begged to be written. It is not historical but it is the story I

Angels on Earth

  There are angels on earth. And one of them works at the Kingsland Farmers Market in Calgary. We weren’t planning to let our seven-year-old daughter bring a year’s worth of savings to the Kingsland Farmers Market. What responsible parent allows a young child to carry around that amount of money? Okay, well, that part of the

A Visit from The Queen

What I love about speaking at conferences and conventions, is that I get to sneak into other speaker’s sessions when I’m not presenting.  This week, at the City of Calgary Teachers’ Convention, I had the great pleasure of listening to the Queen of Canadian Literature herself, Margaret Atwood. What a brilliant, witty woman. I loved her

To Outline or Not to Outline…That is the Question

I absolutely hate making an outline for my story.  Why try to force characters into these little boxes that you made at a time when you had no idea, really, what your story would be about? It seems so futile…such a waste of time. And, to be honest, there are a lot of authors who

A Day in the Life…

Hanging out at the North Central Teachers Convention in Edmonton was a lot of fun–met so many great teachers.  Okay, so I didn’t do much “hnaging”. It was actually more like Down the Westin elevator, down the escalator, through the library parkade, through the lightrail tunnel, into City Centre Mall, to the Starbucks. (Wasn’t that

Writing and Speaking – Lots of Fun

This is the fun stage of writing a novel – the very beginning, where anything is possible. At the moment I am toying with the idea of doing a Canadian adventure which is contemporary rather than historical. It’s definitely appealing to think about not having to do as much research. Come to think of it,

What I Learned While Writing My (second) Novel

Today I am celebrating. The manuscript that has haunted me, prodded me, stretched me and tortured me for over two years is finally sitting on the publishers desk. It is, in fact, a complete rewrite of a manuscript that, simply put, did not work. No amount of revision was going to revive it and so…with

Ideas are Everywhere – Now What?

It’s true that there is no shortage of ideas.  If you know any writers you’ve no doubt heard there are no bad experiences in life – just material. Often, when people find out I am an author, suggestions for the next great novel, are often forthcoming. When writers face the blank page and writer’s block

Ideas, Inspiration, Perspiration – What does it take?

If you ask an author which question he gets asked most frequently, he’ll probably say “Where do you get your ideas from?”  And most authors will tell you that ideas are all around: lurking in every day events, popping out from unexpected situations, sneaking up on you as you flip through an old photo album.