Tag: Janice L. Dick

Hiring Professionals by Janice L Dick


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Being a writer these days requires much of us. We are to be: – writer – researcher – editor – formatter – cover designer – marketer – promotional expert – and so on There are some who manage to carry it off, but for most of us, doing it all is more than w Read More

Making Connections: Writers’ Conferences by Janice L Dick


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MAKING CONNECTIONS: WRITERS’ CONFERENCES I’ve made a lot of literary friends over the years since I began writing. Many of them are online relationships because I live on a farm on the Canadian prairies. So, I rarely meet those from far away. However, I’ve been blessed to be introduced to The Word Guild and InScribe Read More

Goals and Guilt by Janice L Dick


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I’ve always been a goal-setter. I need a plan, a direction, a purpose. I love new beginnings. But my compulsion to plan ahead deserted me this past year. I was in the personal position of needing to be flexible with my time, of caring for a family member and putting my routine on hold. Stronger Read More

My Best Blogs and Books on Writing by Janice L Dick


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My Best Blogs and Books on Writing There are many and varied writing helps online and on bookshelves these days, but a few have become favourites of mine. Highest on my list of writing blogs is livewritethrive.com by C.S. Lakin. Suzanne Lakin publishes weekly posts on every aspect of writing. There are novel-writing checklists, free Read More

3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick


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3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank Where do our ideas come from? Best answer: everywhere. I’m visiting with friends and someone mentions a strange circumstance that intrigues me. Or talks about a quirky character they met. Or refers to a larger-than-life experience they read about online. These are all fodder for the idea Read More

Summer Inspiration by Janice L Dick


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Ahhh! Summer is here—finally—and I can kick back and relax. Oh, wait. I have a book to write, blogs to schedule, social media to follow. And…my garden needs weeding again, small as it is. And…it takes me about three hours to mow the grass on our large farmyard. And…the flowers need to be watered Read More

My Necessary Focus by Janice L Dick


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There will never be a lack of things to write about. Life is full of ideas, issues, concerns and truths to keep me going forever. What do I focus on in my writing? What should I focu Read More

How Dark Times Enhance My Writing by Janice L Dick


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It was the fall of 1994. My father had just been diagnosed with cancer. Apparently the disease had been at work for a long time. At Thanksgiving, we travelled to my parents’ home in Alberta for a bittersweet weekend. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law, who had been feeling poorly for years, was told she had a Read More

Spring Ahead: Take Your Writing to the Next Level by Janice L Dick


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This time of year, when the days lengthen, the weather warms, and the birds sing with more joy, is a great time to blow out the cobwebs on our writing. Sometimes we get bogged down; at least I do. We struggle on, doing our best to do our best. Spring has a special w Read More

Cultivating a Love of Writing by Janice L Dick


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I have loved the written word as long as I knew it existed. One of my favourite early memories is of accompanying my mother to the grocery store and reading as many Little Golden Books as possible while she paid for her purchases. Yes, in those days ,children’s books were displayed next to the che Read More

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