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Writing Time, Part 83. Time Management for Writers, a Fractal Approach

I like to think of outlining as fractal, like a rocky coastline. The jagged water’s edge looks similar—not identical, just very like—if seen from space, an airplane, a tower, a rooftop, or from a crouching position at the water’s edge. Story … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 76. An Editor Dishes

We’re reading manuscripts at Pulp Literature Press, and what strikes me first is the talent that comes through our e-portals. But, like most small publishers, we accept very few manuscripts in the end. It’s hard, turning down good writers. Often … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 75. Towards Confidence in Narrative Structure

On a panel at the Creative Ink Festival, three of us are talking about our planning processes. The first describes himself as a “pantser”. He writes what comes next, and doesn’t worry about outlines. He knows thinks hard about his story … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 74. Creating Suspense, 3 Ways

This is the third in a series of posts  on creating tension and one on sustaining suspense. I’m on panels talking about this at Creative Ink in Burnaby, BC, so it seems like a good moment to address ways to accomplish … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 73. 3 Tricks for Sustaining Tension

I’m moderating a panel on creating tension and one on sustaining uspense, so it seems like a good moment to address ways to accomplish this. If we can create suspense, and sustain tension as we plot and draft, then we … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 72. Creating Tension and Suspense, With Thanks to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I’m moderating a panel on creating tension and another on creating suspense, and it seems like a happy moment to address ways to accomplish this. As well, from the point of view of time management for writers, if we can … Continue reading

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Writing Circles: Writing in Excellent Company

Authors and fellow editors JM Landels, Susan Pieters, and I will be presenting The Hours Stories at the Creative Ink Writing Conference in Burnaby BC, March 30-April 2 2017. What are writing circles? For they are unlike critique groups. I hope … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 71. Four Fixes for Chapter Openings and Endings

All writing exercises are useful in some way or other, but some take us so swiftly and directly towards our goals, that they’re worth identifying and emphasizing. For example, taking a close look at the beginnings and endings of chapters. … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 70. Great Starts Via Tone and Setting

Establishing tone and setting right off is a good way to get point of view quickly and firmly established. It’s not the only way to begin—we certainly read successful starts composed of rants, reflections, and resonant difficulties . But, it might … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 68. Making the Most of Drafting Hours

Loving the work saves writers time. When we love an activity, we prepare for it. That’s a powerful practice for those of us working to create a writing career within a full-time life. I love my drafting time like I … Continue reading

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