Category Archives: Back to Basics

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR GENRE


When I started as a writer around 182 years ago, I dabbled in lots of things. I wrote poetry, plays, short stories, and even began a terrible novel. I also tried a variety of different genres. Most of them were … Continue reading

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The Final Frontier?


Writers, new writers in particular, worry about giving the reader enough detail. We obsess about knowing everything about our characters. Who they are, why they act the way they do, how they look, think, feel… We fill in every little … Continue reading

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Resolute Behaviour


Many of us started the new year with the resolutions to write more, to complete a specific project, or to start one. During the haze of holidays with time away from work, encouraged by family and friends, and the booze … Continue reading

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Marking the Hours


When I was teaching a creative writing class, one problem I noticed most of my students had in common was getting down to work. True, they all had busy lives, but somehow that hadn’t prevented them from attending the class. … Continue reading

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The Third Gift


What Dorothy Parker doesn’t say in this famous quote is that if you opt not to shoot aspiring writers, and if they already have a copy of The Elements of Style, the third gift you should offer them is a … Continue reading

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Only Words


Many years ago I used to work the night shift in a busy city hospital. One of the nurses I worked with was a woman I’ll call Diana. Diana was tough as the leather jacket she wore riding her Harley-Davidson. … Continue reading

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Thanks for Reading


A story is not finished until it is read. Without readers, a story is a painting for the blind, a song for the deaf, a dream for the sleepless. It is the reader who completes the tale. Thanks to all … Continue reading

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