Posts prior to June 2018.

Conquer Overwhelm Like a Pro

Running a business is a lot of work. Writing a novel is a lot of work. It’s no wonder so many writers feel overwhelmed. On any given day, there’s a hundred things demanding our attention. Our todo list is pages long. It’s paralyzing. The way out of it is to […]

March 6, 2018

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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 […]

November 8, 2017

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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 […]

November 1, 2017

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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 […]

October 25, 2017

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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 […]

October 19, 2017

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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 […]

July 14, 2017

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