Tag: creative process

Friday’s Fable: The Muse and the Writer

You may know the old fable, Hercules and the Carter: A man was carelessly driving his cart along a road when the wheels sank so deeply into the mud that his oxen came to a stop. The carter slumped in his seat and called upon…

The Plodder and the 3-Day Novelist

You may know the old fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare”: A hare was always boasting about his speed and mocking the slow and clumsy walk of the tortoise. One day the tortoise answered back, “You may be swift, but I can beat you…

Friday Fable: A Writer, her Delete Key, and their Story

You may know the old fable, A Man, his Son, and their Donkey: A man set out on a trip with his son and their donkey. His son sat up on the donkey while the man walked beside them. They were happy on their…

Back to School

Oh, that lovely schoolbus roar. Yes, it has begun – here in Quebec, school is in session. (As of yesterday.) Packed lunches, 6:30 alarms, goodbye waves, and – at last – peaceful offices. My entire family takes August off. When my children are not unplugged at the…

Evolution of a Novel

My new middle-grade novel, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, comes out next month from James Lorimer & Company. Just in time for back to school. It’s a comedy aimed at reluctant readers, and it’s my first book with a female protagonist: Becky Lennox. I love that girl. Her…

Making Time to Write

I wanted to blog today in order to procrastinate on writing an Annual Report due Friday – most of my meagre blogging attempts coincide with the due dates of paid writing contracts – but alas, procrastination is not in the cards for me because fellow writer Lizann Flatt…

Intrinsic Motivation Running Out

I have to drag myself to the keyboard to finish drafting my new teen novel, Across the Water (a sequel to All Good Children, forthcoming Fall 2011 from Orca Book Publishers). It’s not that I can’t figure out the ending. It’s that I know what horror awaits me in revising…

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