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October Insights

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for it. Columbus and America. Pinzon, who stumbled on Brazil while looking for the West Indies. Stanley happening on Victoria Falls. And you. Amy Curry, when I was least expecting her.” Roger Sullivan.

Morgan Matson – Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

I was very excited to discover that Morgan Matson had a new contemporary novel out. Her stories are always a lot of fun and this one promises more of the same. So far, I am loving it. I’m at the part where the two theatre friends have just left for their night in the big city so I know the adventure is about to begin!

This author is definitely one of my favourite teen contemporary writers. In fact, when I contemplated which novel I would most like to model a story after, I picked Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. Yes. It’s true. My WIP is a cross-country adventure featuring two teens who don’t really know each other. Of course, I’d never be able to match Matson’s Epic Detour, if I wrote another road trip, so my characters will be riding the rails, but still, inspiration is inspiration and as mentors go, Morgan Matson is an awesome one.

My father was a railway man and as kids my brothers and I spent a lot of time travelling by train, so this project is a lot of fun for me.

I’ll update this post when I have finished Take Me Home Tonight.

Do you have authors/mentor texts that you look to for inspiration? If not, it’s well worth a try. You can’t argue with success!

Pro Tip: If you’re running into a bit of writer’s block with your first draft, switch to a stream-of-consciousness “vomiting” onto the page. I find some of my best ideas this way. The creativity flows in this non-judgemental environment. The form and the structure can come later.

Fun Fact: If you look closely at the photo at the top of the page, behind the book cover, you’ll see lights peeking out from a lamp fashioned from an actual railway lantern. It was a gift to my dad when he moved from the Maritime region, to the west, near the end of his railway career.

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