Bubbles, Baths and Writing

Apparently, January 8th was Bubble Bath Day and just the idea that there’d be a day to celebrate bubble baths makes me smile. It makes me think of having bubble baths as a kid and just how much fun baths and bubbles, separately, were in those days. In fact they were two of my favourite…

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The Monkey Business Of Being A Writer

  At the moment, I’m reading a fascinating book about motivation. It’s called Drive: The Most Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, and the book gives ample evidence that people need to find what motivates them and run with it – purely for the sake of doing that thing that’s inspiring them.…

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Which Comes First: Idea or Character?

We had a great time during the free workshops I gave during Culture Days — that’s a sort of free, open-doors arts event across various provinces in Canada. This is the first in a three-part series that covers some of the topics covered in my workshops. Three Ways NOT to Begin a Story #1 —…

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Is Creativity a Luxury?

Because I teach at a university, I have an irregular schedule and that suits my temperament to a tee. It wasn’t always so. There was a time when I did work “9 to 5” and sometimes it was gruelling — that daily grind. But, then I realized what was missing in my life — a…

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The Writing Groove Secret

One of the most common things writing students ask is how to find ideas to write about. That’s why I come up with lots of different writing prompts. The interesting thing with that, though, is even giving them a multitude of ideas, some people still don’t know what to do with the suggestions. They want…

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What’s In Your Tool Shed?

Summer invariably makes me think of the time I spent with my grandparents helping out with the family business in the country. We had the most alluring shed. It had boxes of old tools, rusty nails, nuts and bolts, dented tins of oil, coiled rubber hoses, an old-fashioned washer with the hand ringer on top…

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What Animal Is It?

Hey there! Have you ever looked at an idea of yours and wondered what kind of animal it was? A book? A screenplay? Or something else? I hear you! The truth is, screenplays and books have more in common than you might think! Have you heard the phrase “cinematic writing”? Maybe you’ve wondered what that…

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Is it a Book or a Screenplay?

Hi there! I love summer in Montreal because it means lots of outdoor schmoozers where I get to mingle with all sorts of writers, artists and the just plain curious. When I mention I teach screenwriting, eyes light up, and before long people are telling me all about their film ideas. Usually it’s an idea…

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