Writing Workshop V

Editing the First Draft Congratulations! You made it! You battled the writing slumps, the self-doubts, the roadblocks, and now, at long last, you can proudly say you have completed a whole first draft of a book. Can we just pause for a minute and revel in this amazing accomplishment? Because it is HUGE. Seriously, IContinue reading “Writing Workshop V”

Writing Workshop III

Theme: How to Incorporate it into your Story This week, I want to talk a little about theme. For some of you, theme is one of those elusively abstract and daunting topics talked about ad nauseam in English class that has you immediately reaching for the wine bottle. Trust me, I’ve been there. Some daysContinue reading “Writing Workshop III”

Writing Workshop II: Character Development

In this week’s post, I want to focus on character development and character arcs. As I said last week, characters are the heart of your story. If you can create a character that your readers can get behind and root for, you have won half the battle of writing a good book. So…what makes aContinue reading “Writing Workshop II: Character Development”

Writing Workshop I: The Plan

It Starts With Tea… I was recently asked by the Nan Boothby Library in Cochrane to give a workshop for young writers on how to write a novel. Before I agreed, I wanted to give some thought as to the kind of advice I could give, and I thought I would write a short seriesContinue reading “Writing Workshop I: The Plan”