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  1. July 10th, 2017 - Tips for a successful writing retreat

    If you are a writer, you know that a big project can get under your skin. When it’s not going well, it becomes a niggling obsession. Even if you never develop it past the first draft, you are still driven to finish it, because writers are disciplined people. Your characters are only half-drawn. They stand naked and alone, and if you don’t dress them, no one will.

  2. July 8th, 2016 - The process of progress

    I received an email from an editor a little while ago. She said the piece I submitted “holds promise,” and/or “has merit,” but she didn’t think it was quite right for her publication at this time.

  3. January 1st, 2016 - Memorandum

    This is a reminder that it’s not too late.
    Remember the minutes, the hours and the days will pass whether you do “that thing” or not. It is the moment by moment choices we make that move us forward.

  4. February 22nd, 2014 - Step right up, Ladies and Gents

    I’m gearing myself up for a long period of blatant self-promotion. The business people in my acquaintance are used to this. Since I self-published my first book in 2011, Rachel’s Manifesto, I’ve had a hard time accepting that I am one of them—an entrepreneur. This spring, I’m planning to self-publish again: not one, but two [...]

  5. October 9th, 2013 - Chasing after

    Recently a Facebook friend posted a link to a story filled with advice from current writers about succeeding in the writing life. Like many “emerging” writers (if I dare call myself that), I am interested in what established artists have to say about their work and what it takes to birth it.

  6. August 7th, 2013 - Warm-up writing exercises that take all day

    In the first place, there is very little that’s surprising, dramatic, unusual, or unpredictable about me—and since I’ve already related this short list of anecdotes to my friends, I probably won’t be able to fool any of them. But I thought this was such a fun and useful writing exercise by Canadian author Lawrence Hill [...]

  7. April 9th, 2013 - ‘Scuse me, could you speak up? I can’t hear you.

    Here’s the problem with eavesdropping: it’s very difficult to draw your chair close enough without making it obvious that you’re listening. I kept wanting to say, “don’t mind me, I’m just going to put this voice recorder here in front of you…”

  8. May 4th, 2012 - Writing retreat? You can still dodge

    One can never underestimate the self-sabotaging power of procrastination. I spent four days this week at a remote retreat center near St. Martins, New Brunswick called In the Stillness (www.inthestillness.ca) because I wanted time to jumpstart a special project. I whined about needing a place with no interruptions and no distractions. No stifling, familiar surroundings, no domestic duties.

  9. May 22nd, 2011 - Wanna write comedy? Chase melons.

    In April this year, during Frye, the popular annual literary festival in Moncton, New Brunswick, I attended a workshop called “Writing for Comedy.” The speaker was Randy Pearlstein, a Toronto native who now lives and works in New York City.

    Dressed in jeans, blazer and blue Nike skater shoes, he looked like an updated version of Jerry Seinfeld. (Who, by the way, Pearlstein quipped, is “a bit of a dick.” Let’s hope the six readers of my blog don’t tell Jerry that Randy dissed him.)

  10. April 29th, 2010 - Reveille revisits the optimism of childhood

    Peter Pan was right. To grow up is to be in danger of forgetting the lessons of childhood.

    Case in point: A few years ago, when my oldest child was 10, she presented me with one of her school essays.