Category: WriteTips

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

How Do You Respond to a Writing Challenge?

It’s easy to burn yourself out creatively when meeting writing deadlines or undertaking insanity projects like NaNoWriMo. Sometimes, it’s just mood and the chaos of life that locks…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

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…