When we name the parts, we take away the mystery and turn writing into a problem that can be solved. -Stephen King I speak English, but another language embedded itself in my head first. My parents spoke Portuguese back in the days Canadian immigration didn't mandate language benchmarks or fluency for newcomers. My parents … Continue reading Grammar Gremlins
How's NaNoWriMo going? Let me show you: The Winnipeg zombie idea feels dead, ironically with no hope of resuscitation at this time. I liked the idea and even had my twist. The germ has one spark of life left-I need to switch the point of view. I tried the third person, but it feels like the … Continue reading Coming Up for Air III: NaNoWriMo Midway Report
Let me illustrate how I felt on Friday after staying home sick on Thursday: A sharp uptick in students asking for tissues meant something had gone around. I had a strange taste in my mouth, and I know it meant something had invaded. The troops turned aggressive with my energy zapped, my body temperature elevated, … Continue reading Coming Up For Air I: Being Okay with the Deficit and Beating Back a Cold
It's day 2 of National Novel Writing Month, and hopefully my draft goes on schedule. Last year I wrote a contemporary teen novel, at first, and then the last 15 chapters I aged the character. I had a comtempoary novel idea again, but it missed something. I took a look at an idea set within … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s The End Of The World by R.E.M.
During last year's NaNoWriMo, I had a situation authors only talk about in interviews. I don't know if it will make the final draft if the final draft ever happens, but during one scene in the novel I started to cry. Something happened to one of the characters, an incident not far from reality. My … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep 2015: The Year I Have Fun
Heard a big sigh of relief from over the border? That's me. I went to bed around midnight, my evening spent with Peter Mansbridge asking questions, showing results, and subtly amazed people flocked to vote the Harper government out. Meanwhile, Twitter discovered Canada not only found its mind, although some Conservative stalwarts will find that … Continue reading After the Election, The NaNoWriMo Prep
Another good one for NaNoWriMo Prep. Chadwick talks about setting, especially in a city one may already live in. I admit setting is a week point, and thinking about where your characters live makes your story breathe for the reader.
One great city (to write about).
It was Winnipeg’s slogan, “Heart of the Continent”, that made me want to use the city as the centre of a return to a world of magic.
When I started writing Thunder Road it was going to be set in Winnipeg (and Manitoba) largely because I live here, so it cut down on my costs for a book I had no idea if someone would want to publish, but that I desperately wanted to write.
But I do love my home, and I think it makes an interesting setting. While it may not quite have the concentration of Icelandic or viking stuff that the town of Gimli does, it’s still here. Laxdal road, and Valhalla apartments (Edmonton has them too, more on that later) among them.
When your book deals with the goddess of the dead coming to town, it’s natural to think of…
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It's October! Already!? It means in just a month I will scribble my heart out. But Fatima, goes the peanut gallery, you can write anytime. Why wait until November? I don't wait until November. I write all the time, and people see one aspect on this blog. The other times I write in notebooks, and wrote a short … Continue reading October Means NaNoWriMo Prep Time
Off The Wall, my writers' group, just met this past weekend to discuss plans for our next venture. We have written, right now we are polishing, and we have an idea who things will get structured. On my end I have a story to polish as best it can, and fix up my preface for … Continue reading Off The Wall Moves Forward On Its New Project
Book talks usually happen after I read the book. I decided to flip the script and talk about a book in progress, especially a book helping me take a look at my writing. Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century already generated heated debate among those … Continue reading Reading in Progress: The Sense of Style: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century