Tag Archives: Janice L. Dick

My Best Blogs and Books on Writing by Janice L Dick

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 »

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3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick

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 mill…. Read more »

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Summer Inspiration by Janice L Dick

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 often… Read more »

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My Necessary Focus by Janice L Dick

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 focus on?

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How Dark Times Enhance My Writing by Janice L Dick

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 brain… Read more »

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

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 way of… Read more »

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Cultivating a Love of Writing by Janice L Dick

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 checkout… Read more »

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Remembering Those Gone Before by Janice L Dick

Having been raised in a Mennonite home with pacifistic traditions, I’ve had a difficult time coming to terms with Remembrance Day and all it stands for. I am more thankful than I can say for those who risked or gave their lives so I can live in peace. I can recite “In Flanders Fields,” and… Read more »

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Celebrating Family by Janice L Dick

I first saw this picture on a card I received years ago from someone with a sense of humour that matches mine. I displayed it in my house recently when my extended family came for a reunion. About a year ago, my husband and I offered to host a reunion for my family. It was… Read more »

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“Summertime, and the living is easy …” by Janice L. Dick

Ha! Obviously, George Gershwin had a different perspective of summer than I do. Summertime living is busy and enjoyable, but not necessarily easy. There is yard work to do, added to the usual routine. When the living is busy, our writing can sometimes reach an impasse. Not that we’re blocked by lack of ideas. Often… Read more »

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