Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Novel writing, writing, Writing Life, Writing resources

Help for novel construction

Image from Pixabay A request to beta-read an as-yet-unpublished novel recently brought to mind again the challenges of writing a novel-length story. Two books that were a lifeline for me when I was writing my two Bible fiction novels were How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson and The 12… Continue reading Help for novel construction

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Mini-conference on Storytelling

Two weeks from today (November 2nd) has been marked on my calendar for weeks. It’s the day of our one-day writing conference: “Storytelling: Bringing the Past to Life.” If you’re a Vancouver area writer, you’ll want to give this a look. Here is the delectable lineup: 9:00 a.m. - “The Drama of Biblical Fiction” by… Continue reading Mini-conference on Storytelling

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As the Ink Flows (review)

As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers by Glenda Dekkema My rating: 5 of 5 stars Though books of devotions abound, As the Ink Flows is a unique collection of ninety meditations written by five Canadian writers for writers—and speakers too. Section divisions (The Craft; Inspiration; Know Yourself; Well-Being; Personalities; and Faithfulness) demonstrate… Continue reading As the Ink Flows (review)

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A Writer’s Notebook

A Writer's Notebook In the last few years I have become bored with journaling. Oh, I still journal a bit. But I sure don’t fill the reams of paper I used to. A downside of this is that I no longer have the bulk of material to sift through for possible writing ideas that I… Continue reading A Writer’s Notebook

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Eleven must-haves in my writer toolkit

I'll bet you don't even remember the days when a computer was the newest thing in writing gadgetry. With the plethora of apps and add-ons that has bombarded us over the last years,  these days it's almost a full-time job to keep up with the latest. I don't think I have. But I do have… Continue reading Eleven must-haves in my writer toolkit

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Abundant Rain Journal (Review)

Abundant Rain Journal: A Devotional Journal for Writers of Faith by Marcia Lee Laycock My rating: 5 of 5 stars Marcia Laycock's Abundant Rain Journal is a devotional journal that will be of special interest to Christian writers. Each of the 30 one-page meditations deals with some aspect of the writer's life. Laycock's own experience… Continue reading Abundant Rain Journal (Review)

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Freelance Writer’s Almanac – March 2014

Today is the first day of March. The word “March comes form the Roman ‘Martius.’ According to this site, it was originally the first month of the year (Roman calendar) named after Mars the god of war. The flower of the month of March is the Daffodil or Jonquil. March’s stone is Aquamarine  / Bloodstone… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – March 2014

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Freelance Writer’s Almanac – February 2014

Welcome to the Freelance Writer’s Almanac for February 2014! The flowers of February are VIOLET and PRIMROSE. The birthstone of people born in February is AMETHYST. It means SINCERITY. 1 Canada’s RCMP came into existence on this day in 1920 (The Christian Almanac - TCA p. 77). George Bush & Boris Yeltsin officially declared the… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – February 2014

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Freelance Writer’s Almanac – January 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first post in the Freelance Writer's Almanac series. Today we start a new year. It's interesting to look back and see what happened 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago with a view to remembering, reflecting on, and perhaps writing about these things. Of course if you choose to… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – January 2014

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Freelance Writer’s Almanac – coming soon!

Anyone who has written freelance knows that wonderful writing isn't the only thing our piece needs to get accepted. It also needs to be timely. Write and submit an article about C. S. Lewis in 2014 and chances are editors will reject it, whereas they may well have accepted it in 2013. Why? Because 2013… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – coming soon!