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You Write What You Read

Why did you decided to start writing?  What pushed you to tell your story? We all have different journeys that have led us to discover writing and the part it plays in our lives. But if I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that most (if not all) of our journeys into the writing life … Continue reading You Write What You Read

Writing Prompt: Work

Write about your first job. What did you do? How did you come to it? What did you learn? Select a character and write about what work they do. What would they like to do? Is he or she happy with their job? Does your character work with their hands? In an office? A factory? … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Work

Writing Prompt: Laughter

For today’s writing prompt, we’re going to look at characters’ senses of humour. What would your character find funny? What is the funniest joke he or she has ever heard? What sort of joke would he or she share with another character? How would those other characters react to that person’s joke? Is your character … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Laughter

Unexpected Adventures of the Writing Life

Recently, I've been rereading The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien and it has gotten me thinking a lot about adventures, why characters go on them, and how they get started. In the case of The Hobbit's Bilbo Baggins, his story begins when a wizard arrives on his doorstep, bringing thirteen dwarves with him, and informs Bilbo … Continue reading Unexpected Adventures of the Writing Life

Writing Prompt: Urban Adventure

Switch up the setting. Do a freewrite where you change up the setting of your story. What would change if your characters lived in a city? How might the plot play our differently? Invent a city of your own. Work out how it is arranged. What structures and traditions set it apart? Who lives there? … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Urban Adventure

Get Out of the Way

"No thinking--that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is...to write, not to think!" --Finding Forrester (2000) If you haven't seen the film Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery as a reclusive writer and Rob Brown as a gifted young man from inner city … Continue reading Get Out of the Way

Writing Prompt: Home

Home is a deeply powerful theme in our lives. Whether warm fuzzy feelings, mixed memories, or even confusion, considering home in your writing will resonate with readers while helping you to explore your own experiences and/or that of your characters. Use any of the prompts below to jumpstart your writing today. Write about a homecoming. … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Home

Pep Talk Princess: Fighting With Failure

This post is going to go into very real, very raw territory. But that is something that is needed when establishing community, and I think it’s something every writer faces: the idea of failure. I’m going to be completely honest: as a writer, I’ve failed A LOT. Even in the past six months, I entered … Continue reading Pep Talk Princess: Fighting With Failure