Character Development

boy readingWhat makes the characters in one book seem so real, and in another, flat and uninteresting? There are many possible answers, but I’d like to focus on one aspect of character development… [Read more…]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Typewriter.Some of my favourite, most highly respected writer friends don’t believe in writer’s block. “Just sit down and write!” they say.

I don’t believe that, because I’ve been battling writer’s block for six years. [Read more…]

My Biggest Obstacle to Writing is…

Print…Me!! Ian says I like to play with my mental blocks. It’s a handy explanation for what I do every time someone suggests I do something I think I can’t do. Immediately my hackles are up and I have a list as long as my arm for why I can’t do it. [Read more…]

Why a Writing Blog?

I often feel as if there’s time to live life OR write about it… not both.

But recently I’ve realized just how much writing has taken a back seat to other things in my life, and it has had a detrimental effect. It reminds me of a book I read long ago… Papa’s Daughter, by Thyra Ferre Bjorn. “Button”, had a passion for writing. That burning desire was all but smothered [Read more…]