Category: Writing

Productivity, Writing

Keep Writing Through the Holidays (And Why It’s Worth It)

Writing through the holidays

Ah, the holidays. That time of the year when our writing goes out the window because we all have so much “stuff” to do. It’s a wonderful time of year, but it can really wreak havoc with your work. Family obligations, shopping, decorating, baking, and other fun stuff steal your time and your energy, leaving …

Creativity, Lego, Writing

Better Writing Through Lego

better writing

And now for something a little different… It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lego fan. I have been ever since I was a kid, although I went through a period as a young adult where I believed it wasn’t “cool” and thus shelved my sets. Fortunately, I’m old enough now that I give zero …

Creativity, Novel Writing, Writing

Let Your Characters Go Free Range

Free range

One of the things I love most about Nanowrimo is how all of the pressure is off. During this month it doesn’t matter whether or not you have pages of outlines or character sketches. You can do what you want and there’s freedom to see where things lead. This isn’t always true the rest of …

Reading, Writing

Dear Tech Companies: Stop Bashing Readers

Bashing Readers

‘I just bought myself an early Christmas present: A Kobo Aura One. It’s true. I’m neither a Kindle nor a Nook girl. (I had a Kindle once. Didn’t care for it. Had a Sony, too. Loved that, but Sony crapped out of the e-reader business.) I stick to the oddball Canadian company that forces me …

Personal, Publishing, Writing

Writing, Publishing, and Anxiety

Anxiety

It’s no great secret that I’ve lived with depression and anxiety pretty much since I hit adolescence. I’ve spent an awful lot of time and money looking for the “fix,” but of course there really isn’t one. Especially not for someone who is so sensitive to drugs that almost anything that might help is more …