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Down to Business At Toronto Writers Centre

My revisions have been grinding to a halt.<p>It started with a family holiday. My son and his wife came from Vancouver for a visit and The whole family …

Toronto

How to Revise Your Story Like a Pro

It’s suddenly 2018. Have you set an awesome writing goal for yourself this year?I have, and I’m incredibly excited about it!For some of us, that goal …

Creative Writing

Snapshots

I’ve finally gotten into the habit of carrying my writing journal with me wherever I go. In fact, I feel out of sorts without it which I take as sign …

Creating a Story Bible Using Scrivener

When I started my manuscript, it was a spur of the moment decision based on last year’s NaNoWriMo start and idea I had rolling around in my head only …

The TED Talk for writers who can't afford conferences

TED Talks

33 Canadian Literary Magazines That Pay Writers

Photo by Daniel Joseph Petty from PexelsI have a special fondness for Canadian literary magazines. They often pay their writers, don't ask for …

Discbound Frenzy

I am in love. How have I lived my life unaware of the existence of this miraculous binding system?<p>It started with a trip to Staples. I had in mind a …

Writing

5 Things I Learned From Artists That Help My Writing

Appreciating Those That Opened My Eyes<p>The art world is one of the most frustrating marketplaces imaginable. For artists, gallerists, curators, and …

Art

What I Learned From My DIY Writing Retreat

Blog

​Sign up for my newsletter for writing tips, resources, and course information and check out my<br>Introduction to Short Fiction course.<p><b>Am I Any Good?<br>by</b> …

Text Me: On New Technology in Fiction

<b>1.</b><br>2007 was the first year that Americans sent and received more text messages than phone calls, but you might not have guessed that from reading that …

Text Messaging

Writer’s Block: 3 Tips to Keep Writing Even When You’re Discouraged

In the movies, inspiration strikes the writer, and then a montage of the writer banging away on his or her chosen instrument flashes by, ending with …

8 Surprisingly Simple Tips That Will Make You a More Efficient Writer (Infographic)

On Writer’s Block: Advice from Twelve Writers

<i>Our Writers at Work series, which spans sixty-five years of interviews with nearly four hundred writers, offers no shortage of advice. Should this multitude seem daunting, fear not! The editors of</i> The Paris Review <i>have combed through the series and sorted the best tips and tricks into tidy</i> …

3 Ways Scrivener Makes Self-Publishing a Breeze

Professional creators should use professional tools.After all, how would you feel if you went to a restaurant and noticed the food was being cooked …

Fear and Failure: A Guide to Giving No F*cks | Writers' HQ

This month we’re going to bombard you with a whole shit-tonne of blogs on the terror of failure and rejection, and how to pull your little cotton …

Freelance Writers Workshop: Submitting Personal Essays

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of sitting on a few freelance writing panels at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Beyond questions about pay, …

Creative Writing

You’re a Writer Now

<b>1.</b> <br>Like most writers, I spent a lot of time wondering how it would feel to hold my first book in my hands. I imagined I’d caress the cover gently, …

Writing

Guide to Critique Group Etiquette: 9 Embarrassing Mistakes That Make You Look Like an Amateur

As a writing critique group member, you walk a hair-thin line.On one side, it’s your duty to be ruthless—to uncover every error and inconsistency, …

Creative Writing

How to Tell if the First Draft of Your Novel Just Isn't Worth Salvaging

It's almost the end of November, which means one thing: tens of thousands of you have just finished a novel. Congratulations! Now for the …

Just write the damned book

I started using Scrivener for Mac recently, having used the iOS app for the past year. I’ve barely scratched the surface of its functionality, but it …

My Top 5 Writing Apps | Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

Omar El Akkad's best writing advice? Do nothing

<b>Omar El Akkad's debut novel American War takes place in a country devastated by environmental disasters and civil unrest and examines the risks</b> …

Romance vs Marriage: How to Write a Second Draft

<i>Ashley Stokes talks about how to approach the second draft of your novel.</i><p>In my Online Fiction Workshop, several of the group have recently finished …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Minor Characters

The literary agent Jonny Geller posted recently on Twitter that there are no such thing as minor characters, they each have their own novel, but …

How to introduce characters: 6 ways to be memorable

Memorable character introductions draw readers in. Examples by accomplished authors show us how to introduce characters with entrances that make …

There Is No Handbook for Being a Writer

I became a writer relatively late, well into my 40s. That makes me a second-career or mid-career writer, even though by now, I rarely use the …

Tension of the Frame: How Point of View Can Heighten Drama in Fiction and Film

Any time you tell a story, you make choices about what to include and what to leave out. It’s like taking a picture; you look through the viewfinder …

The Art of the Paragraph: How to Write Dialogue in Fiction

Paragraph writing in fiction doesn’t follow traditional rules. Like storytelling itself, it is artistically liberated, and that liberation gives it …

Creative Writing

In Praise of Unlikable Characters

<b>1.</b> <b><br>Marcy Dermansky’s</b> <i>Bad Marie</i> is one of those books that came to my attention through the chatter of the booksellers with Twitter accounts who make my …