Following Inspiration

I’ve been writing professionally now for eleven years, with no day job backup.  Some years are boom, some are bust, and I must admit the financial roller coaster gets a little stressful at times. You can build a reputation, a readership, and that helps, but when so many families are struggling, they don’t buy as many books for their children. It’s […]

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An Awesome Ten Minute Exercise

Set your timer for ten minutes. Write down FIVE novel or movie concepts  in logline form (one sentence describing each idea). You must get down five ideas within the time allotted. Polishing the loglines afterward is optional. I did this recently and came up with the following: Comedy/Coming of Age: A teenager drops out of high school and heads out to […]

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Poetry as Inspiration

When I was a kid, I loved to read, and one of my favourite books was an old leather bound copy of Sir Walter Scott’s poems that I found in the attic. Being a kid, I had little idea of what I was reading, but that didn’t matter. What I liked best was the sound and rhythm of the words, […]

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You know you’re meant to be a novelist when…

You know you’re meant to be a novelist when: You haven’t written anything for two days, and you fall into the pit of despair. Your spouse says they’re leaving you, and all you can think is “I can use this.” Listening to the bickering couple seated behind you on the bus is completely fascinating. You get entire story ideas, complete […]

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Creativity Crusher: Fear of Uncertainty

My thought today: it seems like I really like it when things make sense. If something is chaotic, unknown, amorphous, I have a hard time with it. I ache to get in there to tame, understand, and define. In other areas of life, of course, this isn’t such a bad thing. Order makes my family happy. But then there is my art. […]

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