• Creativity,  Fiction,  Reading,  The Writing Life,  Uncategorized,  writing tips

    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…

  • Fiction,  Reading,  The Writing Life

    The Summer Shelf: The Start of Me and You

    “Ryan Chase was my eighth-grade collage, aspirational and wide-eyed. But Max was the first bite of grilled cheese on a snowy day, the easy fit of my favorite jeans, that one old song that made it onto every playlist. Peanut-butter Girl Scout cookies instead of an ornate cake. Not glamorous or idealized or complicated. Just me.” Emery Lord – The Start of Me and You What do rainy days, smoky days, scorching hot days all have in common? Why, they are all perfect for curling up inside, out of the weather, with a delicious novel. So far this summer, there has been no shortage of reading days! If you read…

  • Fiction,  The Writing Life

    Write Another Book

    Waiting is the hardest part of the writing process. When all the revisions are complete and I’m super-happy with the story I have written, I’m sure a publisher is dying to sink their hooks into my brilliance. My agent has put together a comprehensive submissions list and excitement tingles along my spine all the way to my toes when I get the e-mail notifying me that my manuscript has been sent out into the world to find a home. And then, comes the waiting. And…more waiting. At first, you’re counting the days. You think, okay, the editors need time to read the ms. Maybe they need to take it to…

  • Fiction,  Writing prompts,  Writing quotes

    Writing Prompts: The Lie

    Writing Prompt: A time you were caught off guard when someone confronted you and you just didn’t think you could tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And so, you resorted to the “little white lie.” Maybe no one found out. Maybe they did. Either way, rewrite the situation only this time you are completely honest. What are the consequences? Are you glad you told the truth or do you wish you had resorted to the little white lie? Possibilities: Write a scene where you lie and one where you tell the truth. Follow each story to its outcome. A friend asks your opinion on something and you…

  • Creativity,  Fiction,  The Writing Life,  Writing prompts

    Write Your World

    “If you feel like you don’t fit into the world you inherited it is because you were born to help create a new one.”  Ross Caligiuri What would your favourite world look like? By favourite, I mean a world that is custom designed for you. Who, besides you, inhabits this ideal world? Describe what you see from your window. Writing Prompt: Write in your “Ideal World” journal every day for a week. How is the ideal world holding up? Do you have a lot of friends? What is your favourite activity? Do you miss your other world? After writing for seven days. Go back to Day 1 and see if…