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Snowflake Method?

I love writing scenes and flash pieces from writing prompts. In fact, I’ve written hundreds of them. Pantsing out 750 words at a time is downright exhilarating and many have become my favourite pieces. I always end up with great premises and compelling characters. But not necessarily a story. For too many of these scenes, …

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Learning from Binge Watching TV

So, I have to admit something. I enjoy binge watching TV shows. There is nothing better than curling up on the couch with my best girl on a stormy weekend and blasting through a season of our favourite series as if it was one long epic movie. We’ve been know to deliberately not watch a …

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A Return to Longhand?

I spend a lot of time reflecting on my process: what works, what doesn’t. That kind of thing. Such naval-gazing is a wonderful alternative to actual writing. Ahem. Sometimes I write the scene in my head as I see it and other times I put down all the dialog first before adding in all the …

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How Do You Create Your Characters?

Over the holidays, I was asked about the many characters in my stories and how I come up with them. I wasn’t able to provide a very good answer because I tend not to create them on purpose. I ‘back-engineer’ my creations’ backstories and traits after I’m well into writing them. They rarely pop into …

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How Not to Be a Jerk Online

It goes without saying that being active on the Internet requires a thick skin. With social media tools like Facebook, we now all create content whether we recognize it or not. Our opinions are open for criticism. In times of war, the enemy is dehumanized and even demonized. Part of the equation for the escalation …

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Writing Motivation

I don’t want to write this post. I don’t feel like it. Actually, I don’t feel like writing a cotton-pickin’ thing. Surely, there is something on TV? Nope. Damn. Well, there’s always YouTube. Cats playing pianos. Totally cool. Ahem. Where was I? They keep saying that writers write. That it’s some crazy addiction. A biological …

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Lovecraft’s Legacy

The impact of H.P. Lovecraft on modern genre fiction is astounding. While Edgar Allan Poe spun yarns of gothic horror and laid the groundwork for detective mysteries, Lovecraft explored the cosmic horror of the unknown. His vivid imaginings adhere to the dark corners of our memory. Lovecraft idolized Poe and it showed in is his …

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The Plain Text Rebellion

Let me tell you a story. When I was in high school, I remember when typewriters became computers and document processing a la touch typing became the darling-do. Yes, I dated myself there. Cope and deal. I did a long time ago, you whipper-snappers. It could be worse: I could have regaled you with the …

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Fear of Failure or Rejection?

What keeps you from writing the story that’s been tumbling in your head forever? What keeps you from posting here? What keeps you from pressing that dreaded submit button on a contest or a submissions call? Call it nervousness, apprehension or straight-up fear. Name it, claim it, and then conquer it. Are you afraid of …

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On Heroes and Villains

When I was in Grade Ten, I performed in a one act play. I can’t, for the life of me, remember what it was called. Checks Google. It was called ‘He Done Her Wrong’ by Anita Bell. Thank you, Google. All hail. Anyway, it was a melodrama full of all the classic tropes. I played …

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