In writing, as in life, there are helpful shortcuts and harmful ones. Life is busy. We all want to save time, get done faster, be as efficient as possible. But sometimes taking shortcuts can backfire. I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to carry more than I know is reasonable, just to save … Continue reading Writing Shortcuts: Dos and Don’ts
“It’s been an awful year,” I said to my brother Andrew. It was 11:30 on New Year’s Eve 2016, just outside of Seattle, and we were the only ones in the house still up. The music was low, the kitchen was a warm glow in the darkness, and the mood was much more suited to … Continue reading Is it a Comedy or a Tragedy?
If you’ve been writing for a certain amount of time and told people about it, chances are you’ve heard something along the lines of, “How do you find time for that?” Or, “I’d write if I could find the time.” Finding the time to write can indeed be a trick. But it’s probably not as … Continue reading Protecting Your Heart For Writing
My province is on fire. That’s not a metaphor. British Columbia is literally on fire, with blazes that experts from various countries have described as “apocalyptic” and “like nothing I’ve ever seen.” Our neighbourhood was evacuated. Two houses on our street burned down. Our oldest daughter’s mental health has been . . . not great. … Continue reading As the World Burns – Strategies for Creating Through the Chaos
This was going to be a completely different post. I was going to consider writing rituals—those choices of location and atmosphere that we feel inspire us to be more creative. I was going to talk about superstition, and how it can sometimes be a good thing, if, like a magic feather, it helps to trick … Continue reading Permission to Write—Granted
If there’s anything I’m an expert on in the literary world, it’s how to luck into amazing critique partners. They are encouraging and supportive, and they kick my metaphorical butt when I need it. Like the time my friend Charlie threatened to have a box of live crickets delivered to me if I didn’t meet … Continue reading How to Maximize Your Critique Partner Experience
If you knocked on your door 10 years from now what would you find? What conversations would you tell yourself about what you’ve been up to? What will you have mastered in 10 years? It’s kind of horrifying thinking that I’ll be talking about the perfection of the mysterious ring around the toilet, my ploy … Continue reading Visit Your Future Self