A Dummies Guide to Running for President Qualifications: There aren’t a lot of qualifications to becoming President of the United States. It’s not like you are applying for something like CEO of Apple or Amazon. You have to make sure you are at least 35 years old and a natural born United States citizen. You … Continue reading Preview of My Next Book
I’m sharing this post by my critique partner Karen because much of it reflects my own experience – the writing process, building confidence, the Twitter writing community.
I have discovered the best tip for writing a book. The only tip you will ever need to write an awesome novel. You may ask yourself, just one? Yep, just one. Ready? Here it comes:
Crazy, right? It’s way harder than it sounds. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort and creative energy and rewrites and rejection and edits and rewrites and joy and frustration and… did I mention rewrites? Sometimes you’ll wonder what you’re doing. You’ll feel like a hack. Like an amateur. But the only way to get better is to keep practicing.
I wrote the story that came to me knowing very little about how to pen a novel, and for many years, I kept my writing to myself. I made a ton of mistakes (revealing a major plot point in the first act IN A FLASHBACK? Girl…) I did entire overhauls…
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What would happen of dogs acquired the power of human thought? That is premise of André Alexis’s 2015 novel, Fifteen Dogs. A couple of Greek gods, Apollo and Hermes, are out on the town in Toronto when they decide to have a wager. Apollo bets that any group of animals given human consciousness would be even … Continue reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
The Word On The Street is a free outdoor festival, held in several Canadian cities including Toronto, that celebrates the written word and champions literacy. The Word On The Street was first held in Toronto in 1990. Until 2003, the festival was on a section of Queen Street West in downtown Toronto. In 2004, the festival moved … Continue reading WOTS Felt Different This Year
...when I'm 64. It was 50 years when The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded. When I'm 64 was written by Paul McCartney years earlier when he was just 16. I was 14 when the album was released and the song immediately became one of my … Continue reading Will you still need me, will you still feed me
On June 10, 2016, I first sat down at my laptop and began writing a story. It was about a chef who is stranded on Mars and rescued by two Martians. A totally silly premise but I had a story to tell. Fifteen months later and here I am with a completed first draft of … Continue reading First Draft Done, Now Comes The Hard Part
It's been some time since I last posted a "weekly" update. July was a very productive month but I've had little time to write this month. Between my trip to Europe, a consulting assignment and some family matters, I've been very busy. But I have only two chapters to write still. It might happen this … Continue reading Weekly Update