Tag: inspiration

NaNoWriMo on the Slow Track

I posted a motivational blurb on the SCBWI Canada East website today, about slogging it through the last days of November’s novel-writing challenge. I have never actually made the NaNoWriMo journey, meaning I’ve never done a start-to-finish draft in the month of November. I’ve…

Writing Spaces

My tiny home office was featured in this week’s “Writing Spaces,” a regular blog post from The New Quarterly. This is a fabulous weekly feature from TNQ that offers a peek into the working spaces of each issue’s writers, along with inspiring anecdotes and…

Make a WISH

For the second week in a row, I met some friends on Friday morning for an hour of silent writing in a local tea house. I call it a Write in Silence Hour, aka a WISH. Okay, yeah, people have been doing this for…

Wednesday Word: Crepuscular

I can’t stop saying “crepuscular,” ever since I read this beautiful little book, Nocturne, by Traer Scott. In this book of stunning animal portraits and accompanying factual blurbs, the author features a few critters that are neither diurnal (active in the daytime) nor nocturnal (active in…

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Busy Life

You may know the old story, The Child and the Brook: One day an old man was out walking when he noticed a child standing by the side of a stream. The boy stood there for over an hour, shifting from leg to leg,…

Friday Fable: The Inspired Writer

You may know the old story of “The Mule:” A mule who was used to lazing around munching grass for months on end, began to jump and gambol about one sunny day. It felt so good to stretch and move! “I feel invincible,” the mule thought….

When Good Ideas go Bad

I keep a writing journal in which I write scenes by hand, work out plots, explore characters, make note of submissions, and – most important of all – jot down ideas for new books. I’ve kept writing journals for years and they contain some wonderful…

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Inspiring World

You may know the old fable, The Widow and the Hen: Once there was a widow who found a hen wandering the yard. The widow gave the hen a handful of barley and, lo, it laid an egg. The next day, the widow tossed the…

We interrupt this blog…

…to bring you PUPPIES! Well, just one puppy. But what a puppy. Sigh. I’m smitten. Puppy’s vital stats: Name: Ernest  (AKA Ernie, Ernesto, Che, and occasionally the names of my cats and children when I get confused) Age: 3 months; he’s been with us…

Five things to Love about Fall

There are the leaves, of course. There’s the back-to-school energy. There’s the first fire in the woodstove. There are, ahem, the shoes. (Yeah, I know, but I have some beloved closed-toed numbers I haven’t worn all summer.) And there is one grossly under-appreciated Fall wonder: the mushrooms….

Freewriting

Freewriting is a practice I first learned about in Spilling Ink (A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter). It’s simple: Once a day, begin to write and don’t stop – don’t take that pen off the page or those fingers off…

Guest Author Interview (No Need to Blog Today)

I was interviewed on Cubicle Blindness today, a reader review blog that had some nice things to say about All Good Children. Krista asked some great questions, like: The main character Max got excited at the fact that he got to fight. He seemed to want to…

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