We opened our fourth workshop with a chat about writing routines and practical goals– whether you prefer to set yourself a word count limit, or spend a set amount of time writing every day.
My routine sees me writing every weekday morning, in the same cafe, for one hour, like clockwork. I also write at [...]Continue Reading →
I had an eye-opening moment in last week’s workshop.
We’d discussed action and setting, and read the wonderful Underwear Incident from Natale Ghent’s Gravity Brings me Down. (I think I almost succeeded in bringing maximal Nataleness to it in my interpretation, but for a few points where the giggles [...]Continue Reading →
Last week we discussed the one thing I’ve had to work hardest at in my own writing: plot.
Despite all my hard work, I’ve come to the conclusion that most of us worry too much about plot. There are very few musts as far as plot is concerned.
Plot Musts Have one.
So yes, make [...]Continue Reading →
We got a lot done in week two.
We began with a discussion of first drafts, and how they’re supposed to be difficult and awful, but you have to finish them anyway to find out what your story’s about, and of course because it’s the only path to the next draft. I won’t share those [...]Continue Reading →
Monday night marked the kickoff of the 8-week YA writing workshop I’m leading for the Quebec Writers’ Federation.
I opened the class with a reference to this Ira Glass video I love, about storytelling, and how our amazing taste mingles with our aspirations to both guide our work and inspire self-doubt.
These videos (there [...]Continue Reading →
With SweatFest behind me, and Rhythm and Blues on the loose in book stores, I feel like I have some time to invest in this business of writing in other ways, namely: research and education. I never went to school for writing (I graduated from Ryerson with a degree in Theatre Production) but [...]Continue Reading →