Writing

WRITING IN THE GRASSLANDS

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

On Saturday, I attended a writing Workshop with Steven Ross Smith. I travelled with four other members of the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group, from Swift Current to Val Marie. Unfortunately, this trip required going over the infamous stretch of blacktop that leads south to the border. As writers our...

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DEVELOPING CHARACTER

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In I Sit Listening to the Wind, Judith Duerk wrote:  “A woman must be very clear, here, in her ongoing task. As she negotiates the voyage from the societal towards the Self her entire experience is transformed.  She can begin to reject the inner patriarchal decrees from the past...

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EXPLOSION OF SELF: A Woman Released

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

With the victorious glee of that first action the rebel moves into dangerous and unchartered terrain. She is not aware how many times she will find herself about to step into trap, or fall on a landmine. She does not realize the persistence, strength and number of enemies she...

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WRITER FALLS MID SWING

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I spent from January fourth to April 25 waiting to hear if High Ground will be accepted by my publisher. After a nudge, well, gentle shove – okay push – I finally received a response from her. It’s not the one I wanted. She is asking for changes before she...

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A ROAD TRIP TO WRITE

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A scrawl of half finished letters lies on my page. I can feel the cramp at the base of my thumb, the tightness in my wrist. My fingers ache. Does that mean ten minutes are up? I can’t remember when I started. I’m having trouble with this timed session....

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4. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? RESEARCHING THE FACTS

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  Now you move from foreplay to some intense interaction. You make a list of the people who have the answers. For Hardware In Her Blood, I only had to do an in-depth interview with the woman I featured. The Santa story required interviews with 12 Santas, both amateurs...

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3. WHAT’S YOUR ANGLE? RESEARCHING TO QUERY

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  You have your idea and now you’re on a mission. You know you can’t publish anything in a reputable paper or periodical that isn’t factual. If you love puzzles, digging for information and making cold calls, this is as good as foreplay. Your first step, if you’re writing...

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2. WHO WILL BUY? RESEARCHING YOUR MARKET

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  The best way to find your market is become familiar with it. This means reading what they publish. If you want to write travelogues, read magazines that publish them. If you want to tell about a local farmer doing something amazing, look for similar stories in local publications....

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1. FINDING THE STORY: RESEARCHING YOUR IDEA

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  The best stories come from something you hear, read or see. Every story you publish starts with a question – a question you want answered. If the question piques your interest, chances are others also will want to know more. In answering your question, you bring a newly...

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PACING MATTERS

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  I’m on holiday, after five weeks of writing to complete High Ground, interspersed with the demands of Christmas. So, yesterday I finally enjoyed my first day of downhill skiing this year. I haven’t even been out on my cross-countries yet, and it’s January. Why? Because I let my...

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