Recipe for a good book

You will need: 1 fully realized setting (if making from scratch, see world building recipe on pg 42) A unique narrative voice 1-2 well-developed main characters, add side characters as necessary Conflict An engaging opening A satisfying conclusion A dash of theme Romance, optional   Prepare your work surface and clear your mind. Mix together... Continue Reading →

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Mark your Calendars!

We’ve got a lot of important dates coming up that we wanted to make you aware of. Book launches, opportunities to meet us and browse our selection, workshops, and even our submissions re-opening, we’ve got something for everyone! September 18th - Open Streets, Windsor This Sunday Windsor is closing a large stretch of road from... Continue Reading →

The World Outside of your Comfort Zone

Us readers, writers and artists have a tendency to live inside of our own heads. This can sometimes lead to feeling isolated or creatively stagnant. If left long enough in this state, we simply run out of ideas, or the motivation to be creative. In university I took a course called ‘The Creative Process’ meant... Continue Reading →

Why Writers Should Also Be Readers

It’s not a coincidence that most people who write are also big readers. Besides providing entertainment and that window into lives other than our own, there’s a lot that reading can teach us about how to be better writers. To do this though, we have to learn to read critically even as we read for... Continue Reading →

It’s Okay to Not Write

As writers we often get a lot of well-meaning, but ultimately harmful advice. One such example is the adage, 'write what you know' which has some truth to it, but leaves non-scientist science-fiction writers and purely imaginative fantasy writers out in the cold. Another bit of advice I hear a lot is 'write every day'... Continue Reading →

How to write a strong opening

Openings are hard, but they are so crucial to get right. I’ll confess that I’ve had my share of trouble with them over the years. Typically, my way of dealing with them is to pay no more attention to them than I do the rest of the book, then return to them once I’ve completed... Continue Reading →

The Art of Self-Editing

Some people might call it ‘writing a second draft’ but for me everything that comes after the first draft is complete and before I let anyone else have a look at my manuscript is self-editing. I see a lot of advice out there that tells you not to ‘self-edit’. Or at the very least to... Continue Reading →

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