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Post 2: The 5 Commandments of Storytelling

Every scene must have five things: an inciting incident, progressive complications, a crisis, a climax and a resolution. These are not difficult concepts to understand on an intellectual level, but they can be bloody hard to execute and many authors struggle. I thought it might be helpful therefore, to break down one of the scenes […]

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The World of Genre

When people think of genre what do they think? Horror, thriller, romance, action and crime probably all come to mind, but after spending a day at my Mom’s work I realized there are so many more genres than just the five or six I thought there were. There are even sub-genres and sub-plots. In a […]

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Post 1: Exposition as Ammunition

As I work my way through the Story Grid Edition of Dracula, a couple of things are hitting me. First: Reading a novel in the middle of the day is what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s not goofing off. That is so cool. Second: Since I’ve never done this before, I have no clue […]

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Accepting the Call

Exciting news for those of you who love great stories! Shawn Coyne, editor with 25+ years of experience with the Big 5 publishing companies, and author of The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, has just trained a team of people in his unique and foolproof method for helping writers tell better stories. And I’m […]

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Every Single Day

Recently, I had the great honour of meeting local sports hero, Colin Fewer. He’s a runner who’s won countless road races and broken I don’t know how many records. Colin spoke with a group of us competing in a ten mile race next Sunday. At one point, someone asked Colin how often he trains. His […]

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Luck Has Nothing To Do With It

I can’t tell you how many people comment that I’m lucky to have a job I love. It’s becoming a thing. I do have a job I love, but it isn’t by luck, it’s by design. I chose to be an author/editor/creative entrepreneur. I left a job with a pension to do this and that […]

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What is a prequel teaser?

If you’ve never heard a prequel teaser before, don’t worry. I made it up. Defiant a prequel because it takes place just before book one begins. At only four chapters long, it introduces you to the characters and the story, and it gives you an idea of what’s about to come, but it doesn’t wrap […]

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11-Year-Olds Who Rock the Rock!

  Well, well, well … move over Barbara Walters and J.K. Rowling! Today I am very proud to introduce 11-year-olds Avery Hearty and Stella Heald, both from Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Stella recently completed work on her first novel, and in honour of Literacy Day (which is today, btw) I thought it would be fun […]

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Tenacious or Stubborn?

In the past week, three friends (lovingly) referred to me as stubborn. I (stubbornly) disagreed, saying that I was instead, tenacious – which of course led to a debate as to whether the two words actually mean the same thing. The New Oxford American Dictionary and Merriam-Webster both list the words as synonyms of each […]

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