When Plots Attack (Avoiding Melodrama)

I’ve been a lurker for most of my life. I like to stand at the edge of conversations, somewhere off to the side, listening intently. I’m one of those slightly too quiet people that listen and remember everything from conversations even though I’ll downplay it later.  I like listening to conversations, finding out what makes … Continue reading When Plots Attack (Avoiding Melodrama)

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

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

How to turn a high concept idea into an actual story

Every story begins with an idea. What’s amazing about science fiction stories is, they often start with a cool idea. Like a spin on space travel or robots that nobody’s ever thought of before. But how do you turn an idea into a story, with memorable characters and powerful moments? That’s often the hard part. … Continue reading How to turn a high concept idea into an actual story

On Writing Heroes

No one is an unjust villain in his own mind. Even - perhaps even especially - those who are the worst of us. Some of the cruelest tyrants in history were motivated by noble ideals, or made choices that they would call ‘hard but necessary steps’ for the good of their nation. We’re all the hero of … Continue reading On Writing Heroes

KISS Rules – Make Your Writing Simpler

I’ve been watching Slings and Arrows. When I say watching, I actually mean devouring.  It’s an exceptional series, but there was a specific moment that really got to me. In the second season, the New Burbage Theatre Company is producing Macbeth - the (cursed) Scottish play. As the Creative Director, temperamental and rather-crazed, Geoffrey Tennant … Continue reading KISS Rules – Make Your Writing Simpler

Using Music to Focus Your Writing

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley, Music At Night: And Other Essays There are writers who can only work with the blinds shut and the door closed (ideally out in the middle of the woods in a secluded cabin); there are also writers who need to work in … Continue reading Using Music to Focus Your Writing

Editing Your Work (Keep Clam and Proofread*)

I work with a lot of documents at my job. The documents that I work on have already passed several reviews and have already been edited by professionals – in short, these documents have been looked at closely by a bunch of eyes. I always catch at least one important mistake.  This is true of … Continue reading Editing Your Work (Keep Clam and Proofread*)

Lock v. Idea – A look into Plot and Structure

I’m at the stage with my novel that I’ve started to consider the revision process. I still have a couple chapters to write, but I need start figuring out my next steps.Throughout, I’ve been making document notes in my Scrivener project as to certain plot elements or character changes that occurred when writing. This lead … Continue reading Lock v. Idea – A look into Plot and Structure