Monthly Archives: June 2014

Two eerily similar book covers (one mine!)

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Canadian author C. C. Benison’s advice on how to beat ‘writer’s block’

‘Buy a gallon of BumGlue™.  Apply a liberal coating to a chair in front of a computer.  Sit in it.  Do not attempt to get up until you have an idea.  When you have an idea, record it.  Then apply … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis’ reply to a young fan

Here’s C. S. Lewis’ brief reply to one of his young readers:   The ‘picture’ referred to is, I believe, the cover of Time magazine. I love the tone of this little note which, in very few words, displays charm, humility … Continue reading

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Drabble-time

Aidan sat bolt upright in the gondola and stared at the young woman. She was slim-limbed with long straight hair framing her pale, pretty face.  Lips that would crease in an easy smile at the right joke or compliment. He … Continue reading

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Drabbles

A ‘drabble’ is defined as an ultra-short story of exactly one hundred words.  Not a word more, not a word less.  Sometimes this can include a title but I’ve never written them that way — I’ve always found that I … Continue reading

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‘Show, don’t tell’

Here’s a well-known piece of writing advice: ‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.’ – Anton Chekhov Chekhov is right, of course, and this is something that good writers are constantly … Continue reading

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Publishing Workshops at Simon Fraser University

If you’re in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia, and are interested in publishing, you may want to explore the publishing workshops at Simon Fraser University.  SFU has workshops on just about every aspect of the business, from writing, … Continue reading

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