What Do We Know About Mrs F by Brenda J Wood

Mrs. F., as the sheriff calls her, that is Mrs. Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame is not as mysterious as one would think. She eats like I wish I did, lots of fruit and veggies, preferring seafood over steak. She never eats a full dessert although she’s been known to have a bite or Read More

Keeping it All Together by Pamela Mytroen

Our grandson hopped up and down and pointed when he opened a game on Christmas morning. “Hungry Hippos,” apparently, is the most exciting thing next to hockey. However, we soon discovered marbles rolling everywhere around the living room, including under the couch, and a new game, “frustration,” began. We needed a plan to keep all Read More

The Big Idea by Pamela Mytroen

If you think writing essays aren’t important, ask the thousands of immigrants who have studied, worked, and filled out paperwork. They have all been required to write an essay on their journey to permanent residency or citizenship in Canada. Why? Because the government wants them to be able to raise literate children, to be able Read More

The Not-So-Boring Essay by Pamela Mytroen

Boring. Be honest. That’s what springs to mind when I say, “essay”. But what if an essay gets you a raise at work? Or time off work to thaw out in Mexico when it’s minus thirty here? Is an essay boring then? Because that’s what an essay is: the ability to persuade and get what you Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 4 by Tracy Krauss

You’ve got your online hub, your email subscription provider is capturing emails, and you’re producing some great content. Now, in order to ‘move’ your platform forward, you will have to find ways to SHARE. I liken this to pedaling the bike. I have listed various methods of sharing in no particular order. Obviously, you should Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 3 by Tracy Krauss

We’ve got our frame and our two wheels – which are non-negotiable – but now it’s about choosing what mechanical parts or gears work best for you. In practical terms, this equates to ‘content’ – what you talk to your audience about. Examples of this are the content of your newsletter, blog posts, videos, podcasts, Read More

How to “Right” Funny – Brenda Wood

I’m told that I write funny. People laugh at my comments all the time, but I can’t say that I always understand why. Anyway, there is no point trying to dissect the why of a joke because then the joke is no longer funny. 

Some of the world’s funniest people had no sense of humour at all, but their work is hilarious. Think Lucille Ball. You don’t need a sense of humour to be funny because funny is in your mind.  Read More

Getting value from a writer’s conference — Carolyn Wilker

Having attended writer’s conferences over the years, I encourage others to try it out. Those opportunities charged and inspired me and offered the push I needed to move on.  It’s one thing to sign up and say you’re going; preparing oneself to get the most from the event is just as important.  Read More

The Mind’s Eye: Part 5 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

girl on benchI had read the book Pride and Prejudice, noting that the author, Jane Austen, didn’t give many visual cues as to clothing, body language or even where the scene was located. Instead, she focused more on  dialogue. The movie, in contrast, contained a lot of visual cues, showing the Bennet family home, the family at dinner and dances. I particularly noticed subtle eye signals that the book didn’t convey: raised eyebrows, a terse look, and secret motions or glances between characters.  Read More

Fiction Writing 101: Part 9 – Beguiling Beginnings – Janice L. Dick

hand-writingPlato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Kimberly Yuhl suggests you have eight words to capture your reader’s attention.

Rob Weatherhead states in the article, Say it Quick, Say it Well (please excuse the grammar), that the attention span of a modern internet consumer is short. “Studies have shown that 32% of consumers will start abandoning slow sites between one and five seconds.” Read More

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