Are you an organized writer? Or do you just hope that article gets done, that blog gets written, those edits do themselves? My creative process is often at odds with my organizing angel who sprawls on my right shoulder prodding me to make a list. Sometimes I do. Other times I just know what the […]
In my former life I taught high school French and English but one year my timetable included Introductory Marketing. Now I had no background, no training, and–truth be told–no interest in marketing. But I could read and research and that course became a delight for me as I devised ways to make the whole thing […]
This week I had one of my very good friends and my favorite pre-reader for my novels pose a question in one of her emails to me. She talked about the treasures from her rich rural Quebec past, both physical and storied, which are in danger of being lost to younger generations. She said, “first, […]
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot Every morning I put my glass of water on a stone coaster imprinted with Eliot’s quote. This coaster has been a talisman for me for over eight years and each time I read it, I’m refreshed and ready to push on with my writing.
Last week I spent as much time as I could pushing forward with revisions to The Loyalist’s Luck for one simple reason: I could lose myself there. I could escape from my wretched heart and work on my second book in the Loyalist trilogy: The Loyalist’s Luck.
So you write a book, and it takes you a year, and you think the next step is handing it to a publisher. That’s what I thought seven years ago. And then came revision, character arcs, economy of words, and a host of other writing no-no’s and must-do’s.
Did you ever have a day when the topics just wouldn’t come? Ever wonder why? Today is such a day for me so this post will be short. Here are three things that are keeping me from writing a brilliant blog post.