I Don’t Participate in NaNoWriMo and Here’s Why

Every November, the online writing community is worked up into a frenzy about National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo. In the weeks leading up to November, writers are frantically preparing an outline their new piece of work only breaking to tweet about their progress. For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it began in … Continue reading I Don’t Participate in NaNoWriMo and Here’s Why

Who’s That Indie Author? Willie Handler

I was recently interviewed by the wonderful Barb Vitelli.

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Author name:  Willie Handler

Genre:  Humor

Book:  The Road Ahead

Bio:  Willie Handler grew up in Toronto and did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto. He also has graduate degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spent over thirty years in various positions in the Ontario public service. before leaving in 2011. He has a number of humorous short stories published online on CommuterLit and Show Me the Funny, as well as many articles published in professional trade journals. THE ROAD AHEAD is his first novel. Willie is currently working on funny story about a chef stranded on Mars who is rescued by two Martians.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I was a technical writer for much of my work career. Three…

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How to Write a 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.

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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:

Write it.

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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