Recently, I was having trouble writing a scene. In this scene a man and a woman are having an argument. The scene is third person, past tense, from the woman’s point of view. So I knew more or less what she was going to say, her motivations, her fears, her desires, but I had no clue how the man would respond. Or, more specifically, I knew how he would respond but his exact dialogue and body language, all of that was a question mark.Read More
Last fall, during a particularly stressful and busy stretch, I drew a decision tree. Right, I thought. Now it’s too late for 2018 but in 2019, this is how I will manage my time and ensure there’s plenty for writing. This is how I’ll SAY NO.
I was really cocky about this plan.Read More
I’m on a DIY writing retreat this week, holed away in a cabin in Norris Point, Newfoundland which is a tiny community nestled in Gros Morne National Park.Read More
One Saturday last summer, I was at my local nursery, pleasantly hung-over, and feeling optimistic about the fact that this time I would for sure keep the new basil alive (spoiler: I did not). It was one of those sunny, hopeful mornings. And then, while in line, I made the mistake of checking email.Read More
Recently in a fiction workshop someone asked the question every sensible writer dreads: how do I write characters who are outside my own personal experience, who are not white/ straight/ cis? I say that every sensible writer dreads this question because in my experience the ones who steam roll right in with more bluster than caution are morons. And their lazy attitude is doing everyone - their readers, their characters, and other writers - a disservice.Read More