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How I Spent 2013 (Writing… and not Writing)

2014 is still in its infancy and it’s the time of year that everyone (and their dog) looks back to the previous year and outlines their goals for the new year. I didn’t accomplish all my goals for 2013, the ones I started out with fell by with wayside while I finished projects I hadn’t … Continue reading How I Spent 2013 (Writing… and not Writing)

Back on Track

The last few years I’ve been working my way through the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre. Like every genre there is a standard set of tropes that tend to occur in these novels. There’s always star-crossed lovers and there’s usually some sort of murder/conspiracy that the squabbling duo will investigate. These tropes were best encapsulated in … Continue reading Back on Track

Canada Writes – 100 tips to make you a better writer

Over the last two years, Canada Writes has collected a whole bunch of wonderful writing tips from Canadian poets, novelists, practitioners of creative nonfiction, and writers of children’s books. So pick a word, find a tip, and try it out!… I absolutely love this interactive word cloud created by Canada Writes. The word cloud contains key … Continue reading Canada Writes – 100 tips to make you a better writer

At the point where language falls away from the hot bones, at the point where the rock breaks open and darkness flows out of it like blood, at the melting point of granite when the bones know they are hollow & the word splits & doubles & speaks the truth & the body itself becomes … Continue reading

A Look at Gendered Language

However, suspicions were aroused by the author’s assured writing style and skill at describing women’s clothes and people’s appearances, leading some readers to speculate that an established female novelist might be behind the book “The Cuckoo’s calling: publishers’ embarrassment at turning down JK Rowling detective novel”, The Telegraph, July 14 2013 Last week we had … Continue reading A Look at Gendered Language

Hitting the Wall and Getting Past It

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth -unknown Stuck in a rut. Writers block. Hitting the wall. Those are all similar terms for when you reach a standstill. When, no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you flail, you stay in the same place. Most of us … Continue reading Hitting the Wall and Getting Past It

Tropes are a funny thing. To some extent, knowing and expecting what’s going to happen next in a story – anticipating a particular structure and story elements – is why we’re drawn to specific genres and sub-genres… There is a benefit to this kind of comfort reading. It lets us take solace in predictable stories … Continue reading

When you sit down to do the thing you want to do (for example, write if you want to be a writer), one of the first things that might happen is that you feel like vomiting or like the insides of you are trying to escape in every possible direction… I wish I could say … Continue reading

I started writing, that’s what changed everything. Judd Apatow…said to me ‘listen Jace, I’m going to be really honest with you. I know that you want to be a leading man…you’re like a really weird dude and the only way you’re going to make it is if you write your own material, cause they can’t … Continue reading