I have tons of ideas for my next novel, but a lot of thought needs to go into the underpinnings of any new project, because it is the themes that drive everything else. Specifically, how does the theme in general specifically generate character action and consequence (which needs to be made literal in the climax); […]
I have been studying the elements of writing a mystery novel with a small group of fellow writers, and one of the critical elements is the crime scene: why the villain killed (kidnapped, or whatever) the victim, their relationship, how it was planned, the location (including time of day, season, etc.) and exact mechanism of […]
Finished the text of another grant application. It is not due for a while, so I have submitted it to my writers’ group for critique. As it is not fiction, I queried first, and they all were interested in reviewing it. It will be interesting to see what kind of feedback I get.
Had a great interview with Josh Pantalleresco today. Actually, it was more like a conversation–he is an excellent interviewer. The post should come out in about a month or so.
Oh, yeah! Had a cool experience this week, invited to sit in my daughter’s creative writing dissertation defense. She handled herself with terrific aplomb, and passed the exam. She will have a few minor revisions to do, and then we can all call her “doctor!” In the meantime, she is applying to professorships and post-docs […]
Our mystery writing group finally has a name: Mystery Mavens. We met on Thursday, this month, with Mahrie Reid, mystery writer and teacher, who answered our current questions, and more. In addition, we had a lovely meal and more than one glass of wine! Now I am doing the “becauses” for my novel. For each […]
Had a great opportunity to go to the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association meeting to update them on the financials for the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. Wonderful group of writers–very friendly, organized and active group.
Met a potential client at my writers’ group meeting last night. We went to the bar after the meeting and discussed his novel. I suspect his would be a big project and with all the work I have already scheduled I doubt if I would be able to take on his project. Luckily, I can […]
Had the great opportunity this week to ready Heather Osborne’s interactive fantasy, Figuera. What an amazing experience! Really enjoyed the entire process, and want to read more threads through the maze of the narrative. The ending I reached was wonderfully warm and satisfying, though I know there are 3 other endings I haven’t yet read. […]
Today was Day 1 of a two-day weekend intensive workshop I am teaching for the Alexandra Writers Centre on showing vs telling. Only 5 students, but they are good talkers and willing to share their writing. Having some great discussions, and with only five it is such an easy pace–we can explore students’ questions a […]