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Tree rings and an abacus

Gentle reader, I am here today to discuss the theory that in order to be a “good” writer, you must first write one million words. James Gleick suggests in his newest book Time Travel, that art and creativity are the only real time travel we know. If you want the best idea of where a …

Defining “Ready”

“Stop your hand-wringing. Time to shit or get off the pot.” Ever heard about that tool in the writer’s toolbox where you learn to recognize your crutch words? The easy ones you fall back on during drafts? Well, I’ve discovered a crutch behaviour. I’m supposed to be able to recognize when to push forward. When …

Enjoying the Ride

For too long, I assumed skilled storytellers sprang into existence like Athena from the head of Zeus, and I wasn’t one of those gifted few. I envisioned the lucky authors adept at turning phrases, with the innate ability to craft memorable stories, intriguing characters, and gripping plots. Writers stopped mid-dinner, staring into space while fantastic …

What Does A Million Words Get You?

Once upon a time, after a week-long experiment with champagne and absinthe cocktails, my darling writer’s retreat buds and I all fell in love with the idea of a shared blog. Eventually we chose the blog theme of our journey towards writing a million words. Which, after sobering up, inevitably led to the question of …

I Promise

     When I was Nineteen, I lost my mind. An inevitable occurrence when you decide to throw caution to the wind and make writing your career. Six months into the throes of my insanity, I caught wind of a convention—ConCarolinas—that was happening two hours from my house. Nearly every author that I looked up to …