The best writing exercise for creative flow

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Are you looking for the best writing exercise to get your creativity flowing and launch you into your next project? Well I think I just found it. Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I would earn a small commission if you were to purchase through one of them, at no additional cost to you. I recently listened to David Morrell’s THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST (which I highly, highly recommend). And in case you don’t know who...

More writing advice from a prolific author

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Sometimes prolific writing advice comes to you when you least expect it. Stay with me here. I listen to a lot of audiobooks. About 40 of the 70 books I read last year were via Everand. So I am well-versed in getting throttled by Scribd/Everand’s reading limit, which sounds more intense than it is. If they feel you’re taking in too much content, they’ll start restricting what you can access. It’s how they can keep their subscription service ‘unlimited’ while...

Survival and deceit in Kimi Cunningham Grant’s new novel

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Pub date: June 18, 2024 One sentence summary: The Nature of Disappearing follows a talented back-country fishing guide who gets roped into the search for her former best friend turned influencer, who has suddenly vanished into the Idaho wilderness. Rating: ☆☆☆☆ Disclaimer: Some links in this post are affiliate links. I would earn a small commission if you click through or purchase, at no additional cost to you. Review Initial thoughts Okay. Right out of the gate I will say that...

A review of Kristin Hannah’s new book The Women

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Pub date: February 6, 2024 Version: Audiobook, Macmillan Audio via NetGalley One sentence summary: The Women follows Frances ‘Frankie’ McGrath as she defies her conservative upbringing and enlists as a nurse in the Vietnam war, despite the objections of her family and the greater country she chose to serve. Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ Affiliate Purchase Link: The Women: A Novel Side note If you’re looking for a plot summary you won’t find it here. I find it mildly irritating when Goodreads reviews...

I Won? Thoughts on Anvil Press’ 3-Day Novel Contest

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I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce that a novella I wrote as part of Anvil Press’ annual contest will be published in Spring of 2022. For those of you that don’t know about it, this contest has been running for 44 years and hundreds of people always enter, but it’s not for the faint of heart. The rules are simple, you can plot and plan, but you can’t start writing before midnight on the Friday of Labour Day...

Do You Buy These Kinds of Books?

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I’ve been travelling or living abroad for the last seven years, so I haven’t been able to own much stuff. I’m also a minimalist at heart. A lot of clutter really stresses me out, because it just feels a bit superfluous. I think it’s important for things to have purpose and practical use. Knick-knacks? No, thank you. In the last couple of years I’ve started using more reading technology like my Kobo and an iPad, because it allows me to...

The best writing advice from Anne Lamott

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The best writing advice from Anne Lamott Many years ago I read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and it remains my favourite book on writing. Despite turning 30 years old this year, it still offers up some of the best writing advice of all time. And I will die on that hill. “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by...

I Think I’ll Start Buying Myself Flowers

I used to be really opposed to flowers, as I didn’t see the point of cutting down something living just to put it in a vase and watch it die. But then in September of 2019, I moved to Toronto for the publishing program at Centennial College. One of the few required texts for the course was the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. I had planned to just order it from the campus bookstore, fully prepared to pay for the convenience of...

There’s Always Room to Grow

I’ve started up and abandoned a number of blogs over the years, because at a certain point something always ended up feeling inauthentic about them. I had a travel blog for a while, but it just started to feel a bit vapid and HEY, LOOK HOW GREAT MY LIFE IS, and that just isn’t the audience I want to connect with. So I’m trying to come at this new blog from a more authentic place. And the only thing that’s...