A business mentor I once had said that it was important to celebrate our accomplishments. I’ve already written about what I’ve done for my business in 2018, but I wanted to take a minute to focus on writing in particular. Like many other writers, I suffer from imposter syndrome and… Continue Reading 2018 Writing Links
I love travelling and reading about far off places, so travel writing is a genre that interests me. When I saw a copy of Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers on the Chicago University Press table at this year’s Editors Canada Conference, I knew I wanted a copy. Entertainment Value:… Continue Reading Writing Abroad by Peter Chilson and Joanne B. Mulcahy
Last week I shared my notes from the TOK Ottawa panel on Writing in the Age of Netflix. This week, I’m continuing to share what I picked up at this wonderful symposium with my notes from Writing the Future: KidLit & Young Adult. Writing the Future: KidLit & Young Adult… Continue Reading TOK Ottawa: Writing the Future – KidLit and YA
I had the pleasure of attending TOK Ottawa, a symposium about books and writing, this past weekend. TOK is the digital magazine of Diaspora Dialogues (DD), an organization the supports diverse writers through mentorship, professional development, and publishing opportunities. I was delighted to find out about the TOK events because… Continue Reading TOK Ottawa: Writing in the Age of Netflix
I often see Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott on lists of books about writing, and there’s a good reason for it. I first saw it on a relative’s bookshelf years ago, but I finally got my own copy about a year ago and… Continue Reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird
Welcome back to Always Looking It Up. Last time, I wrote about the use of literally. Today, my subject is split infinitives. Hands up. Who heard the rule about avoiding split infinitives before learning what an infinitive was? I’m certainly in that camp and I’m sure many others are too because… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up: Can I Split Infinitives?
We’re mere days away from the beginning of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. As someone who’s completed the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a single month, I thought now would be a good time to share some tips for “winning” NaNoWriMo. Make Writing A Priority Aside from actually… Continue Reading How To Win NaNoWriMo
I’m feeling a little drained this week, so I only have a short post today. But, it’s about some of my favourite online resources, so hopefully, it’ll give you some new things to check out (or old things to revisit). Copyediting.com Even though I’m not a paying subscriber (for now), I… Continue Reading A Few of My Favourite Online Writing/Editing Resources
Last month, Neil Gaiman tweeted about his love of the word literally. He said that it’s the only word we have that “means both ‘actually’ and ‘I am speaking about something that definitely didn’t happen.’” I think the reason why I take pleasure in the many meanings of “literally”, is… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up: Can I Use Literally As An Intensifier?
I came across The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, & Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig while browsing the reference section at Chapters. (Yes, I browse in the reference section.) It stuck out from the books around it because of its format and gritty cover design, so… Continue Reading Chuck Wendig’s The Kick-Ass Writer