The new year is a springboard of possibilities. As the coming year approaches we often take stock of ourselves, our goals and accomplishments, and where we might have fallen short.
The freshness of a coming year encourages us to step forward with renewed energy and focus. I don’t mean diet and exercise, although I strongly […]
Spring in Salmon Arm, BC means the goldfish, turtles and ducklings are back. It also means that the Word on the Lake writers festival is gearing up. This year is the festival’s tenth anniversary and promises to be an amazing weekend.
With thirteen presenters, there will be something of interest for everyone. New this year […]
Writing is a solitary venture. We hole up for hours, head down, fingers tapping at the keys. Sometimes, it is eye opening and uplifting to meet with other writers to read and listen.
This last weekend, I attended the Mad Hatter’s Potluck for Writers. This was a dinner party to welcome spring and its accompanying […]
I’m a bit of an odd duck, or maybe just sensitive. When I read a book or watch a film, I’m always looking for something uplifting. Stories are at the core of our development as humans. And story telling is the most ancient form of learning.
It’s in our nature to want our protagonist to […]
I want to laugh. More accurately, I need to laugh; a lot. -We all do. And laughter is a great stress reliever. When I posted about writing comedy, I suggested pulling up funny stories from our own experiences. The story doesn’t have to be a huge event, just something small, perhaps ordinary with a twist.
When did you know that you had a story to tell? And how did this story make it to the page? I often hear people refer to themselves as aspiring writers. If you write, you are a writer. But like any craft, an artist continually strives to hone his or her skills. Imagine how many pots a […]
Writing anything, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, is primarily drawn from one’s own experience. I’m not talking about specific adventures or incidents which in fiction taps the realm of imagination. It is the myriad […]
Probably the biggest single misconception about ebooks is that you have to have a dedicated ereader—like a Kindle or a Nook—to read them. The truth is if you have just about any kind of computing device with access to the Internet, from a smartphone to a laptop to a desktop computer, you can read ebooks, […]
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