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Creative Versus Academic Writing

Creative Versus Academic Writing

Currently, my year is divided up into which genre of writing time permits me to explore. From September to the end of April, I'm a university student and 90% of my writing time is used doing academic essays. May to the end of August is when I'm able to work on...

We Don’t Need No Communications Class

We Don’t Need No Communications Class

Guest Post by Jaclyn Dawn I teach communications at both NAIT and MacEwan. I love what I teach. However, the expressions on my students’ faces when I introduce the grammar portion of my classes tell me the love isn’t exactly shared. On the first day of a beginner...

A Year of ‘No’

A Year of ‘No’

My entire life I have been a person who jumps into new projects and then has to try and figure out things along the way. It is like jumping into a the shallow end of a swimming pool and trying to learn how to swim. This philosophy has been both a benefit and also a...

Editing – Making You and Your Writing Look Better

Editing – Making You and Your Writing Look Better

By: Rick Lauber – Author of Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians and The Successful Caregiver’s Guide So, you have written a stellar story and it’s now ready for publication, right? Perhaps, but your work first requires editing. Editing can greatly enhance your writing;...

A Collaboration of Dimensions

A Collaboration of Dimensions

When I wrote my first children's book, Don't Eat Family, I knew it was going to be a three book series. Well that was the plan to be determined by the response from the first book. The response was favourable with several adult readers suggesting that I write another....

Introducing The Sunset Syndrome

Introducing The Sunset Syndrome

The Sunset Syndrome — Emily watched her husband of 60 years fight a battle with dementia and its related complications. A few years after his passing, she too is diagnosed with dementia. As Emily struggles with difficult decisions about her future, she reflects on...

To Dust or Not To Dust

To Dust or Not To Dust

Most writers have a project they have written that is sitting in a computer or a drawer just collecting dust. Myself, I have two fiction manuscripts and two screenplays that I am very aware are still around. All are full length. The pieces range from being written as...

A Gentle Reminder

A Gentle Reminder

“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.” ― Martha Graham Every person has an activity he or she loves. An activity that the person just 'gets.' For some it is flying or cooking or painting or chess. I...

A Timely Gift

A Timely Gift

Every year I tell myself that this Christmas is going to be the year I'm going to invest time and put some effort into making a present for the special people on my list. Prior years I have failed, been unable to create something that would be suitable. My Mom used to...

Are you done yet?

Are you done yet?

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”  Ernest Hemingway No matter what the length of the project in front of me, at some point toward the end of the project, I always wonder, am I done yet? Novels require so many drafts. Once the...

From Inspiration to Creation

From Inspiration to Creation

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” - Somerset Maugham So a writer gets an idea in his or her head and the long journey starts. I must admit I find the process an...

Tools of a Wordsmith

Tools of a Wordsmith

Guest Post by Jaclyn Dawn I struggle to put words in a new pretty book. The pages are so clean and full of potential. Will what stains the pages be poetic, beautiful? Will it tell a story of love or adventure, or both? The possibilities paralyze my pen, for it can...

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