Not everyone has the time to sequester themselves for months to write a novel. For me, I prefer to write in short spurts.
It’s wise to map out where your story is going, beginning, middle and end. And writing an outline isn’t a bad idea. A study of your main characters will give you an […]
Winter winds with icy teeth blasted in the new year. A preemptive shovelling strike lessened the heaviness of the full snowstorm clean-up. I kicked off my boots and tossed my mittens by the heater.
Bolstered by a pot of soup simmering on the stove, I’m ready to don my creative thinking cap, and write my […]
I reread books. I revisit my old friends, the characters that make me feel, make me think, characters that step up even though the odds are stacked in the villain’s favour. A story that firmly places me in the action and surroundings is a story with heart.
Writers can find themselves stuck with a chapter […]
It’s not a bad idea to have more than one iron in the fire to keep creativity fired up. For me, the irons are writing, painting and pottery. If one doesn’t inspire, another will. Creativity is one direction, but learning is certainly another. Perhaps delving into a language is the ticket. The point is that sometimes […]
We all tell stories. Some write them down. Some recount their stories in song or spoken word. While listening to a story, some are drawn back in time in private reverie. And yes, some stories are rather boring. In this case, the benefit belongs to the teller, which also has value.
You may think I’m […]
After a scorching, fire-blazing summer, the longed-for weather shift has descended. The Kokanee salmon are spawning nearby, bears are snacking, and I am breathing in huge wafts of cool fresh air. -Heaven.
While researching ideas and information to teach a journaling workshop, I came across a wonderful idea.
I don’t remember where I found this […]
The roof banged with the tumult of hail stones. “What is that?” I muttered, swinging my legs over the side of the bed. I tied my shoes and headed for the door. The noise stopped. Okay then, back to bed. I kicked off my shoes, fluffed the pillow and pulled the sheet over […]
Saddled with a fractured right arm, my artistic choices diminished to creative ways to turn on the television remote, one fingered lower-case typing, and artful arrangements of pillows. Amidst cranky fussing and a hefty dose of restlessness, a sideways idea barrelled in out of left field. Why not paint?
I thought about how left-handed painting […]
Artists produce artists by virtue of their generosity. Creative encouragement lifts the spirit and contributes artistic vitality to a community.
Sharing insights and information from one artist to another is a form of a mentorship. Whether knowledge is passed in a single sentence, an afternoon, or spanned over decades, that influence becomes a building […]