On Writing

No, it’s not about torturing your characters. (Although that’s fun, too.) I have a story, and I keep adding new scenes to it. It’s currently around 5,000 words long, with the potential to grow further. The two new scenes are good. Really good. I love those scenes. I love the way they’re written a bit […]

Wants and Needs

I’m trying to get back into the daily writing flow. It’s surprising what you can do with 30 minutes, you know? Even 15 can get you started. And getting started is the important part. Once I hit my stride, I often keep going. Sometimes I can’t get into what I’ve started, and that’s fine. It […]

I’m going to do an alphabet. Just every so often, when I have nothing more urgent to talk about. Sorry about no posts last week – I had an essay due Thursday, so Wednesday I couldn’t spare the time, and then Saturday I was just a little tiny bit hung over. A lesson once again […]

Sin Eater is a weight in my pocket right now. The thing I want to be working on, but that I’m not touching because I have things with deadlines to deal with first. There’s a 2,700 word essay I need to finish by Thursday, and I have upwards of 100 pages of reading a week. […]

When I first saw the backlash about strong female characters, I must confess that I was affronted. As it turns out, my problem was with the word “strong”. I was reading it one way, while most people meant it another. The “strong female character” most people are familiar with is a hard-ass, unfeeling, tough, even […]

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It was hot, and it was bright, and I don’t do well with either of those things. I was striving for mindfulness, for a calm centre in a hot, bright pandemonium. Half the city seems to be a building site at the moment. Fenced-off rubble, cranes, machines, scaffolding up half the buildings on Queen Street. […]

Am I the only one who has trouble with genre? Whenever I sit down with a manuscript an idea and am tasked with deciding what box it might go into, I run into problems. My first novel has fantastic elements to it, but it’s mostly about art; I’ve always mentally classified it as “lit fic” […]

I have a draft before me. It is my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel, Sin Eater. I have printed it out, and it lies on my desk like a mewling, half-formed monstrosity. The task is clear: I must take a hatchet and a scalpel, and with these tools must cut away the mutant flesh, and sculpt its […]

My Twitter timeline is filled with writers now. I love it; really I don’t know how I managed without so many interesting and hard-working writers in my twittersphere. Quite a few are working on ongoing projects, and sometimes I feel a little inferior by comparison, because I’m not working on anything much. I’m dragging out […]

It’s January 3rd. With the goals and resolutions of a new year in our minds, many writers are looking around for magazines to submit to and agents to query. Some of us will be doing that for the first time. (My goal, if you’re interested, is to submit to four magazines a month.) With everyone […]