I am blessed to live near three writers’ conferences that happen in my area: The well attended Surrey Writers’ Conference; the Burnaby Writers’ Conference; and now a new one was organized, just this past weekend, the Maple Ridge Writers’ Conference. Continue reading “Writers’ Conferences”
Category: On Writing
Research is a fundamental part of writing. Sometimes we think we know everything about a topic or place, but it’s always wise to check the facts. Readers are savvy, and an error can pull them right out of your story.
One of the most common approaches I use for research is other novels, and here’s why they are my first point of reference: Continue reading “Research”
I share my work with a writing critique group, but no matter how much I value their input and the help they’ve given me to improve the piece I’ve brought, they don’t know the entire manuscript. Continue reading “You’ve finished your first draft, then what?”
I’ve been working with writing groups for the last few years after struggling on my own for over a decade. My critique groups consist of authors at the beginning stages right up to those who have published a long list of books. Continue reading “Thinking of joining a critique group?”
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Do you know why you should be wary of us?
We are a sneaky bunch. Continue reading “Watch out for Writers”
More than a year ago an author friend launched her novel, The Beggar’s Dance. With the hard copy of a book in her hand, it all looked so easy. Only fellow writers understood the years of toil that go into writing any novel. Continue reading “All it entails”
Some say they’ve written ever since they were a child. Others claim their love of reading inspired them to write or they had a good story to tell. But none of those reasons fit why I started. Continue reading “Why Write?”