NaNoWriMo2016: Wrap Up Post and Look Ahead

This year, I declared myself a rebel and began writing a series of personal essays. It would act as a slush pile for this blog or a grab bag of fiction ideas but my focus was not on the end result, the 50,000 words and the title 'winner,' more on the process itself. I wanted … Continue reading NaNoWriMo2016: Wrap Up Post and Look Ahead

NaNoWriMo 2016 Update:Rebel Rousing

The year listed on my profile says 2013. Under my old profile, one I found and deleted, it's 2008. That year, in the middle of a crazy school term, V introduced me to National Novel Writing Month, and I never looked back. Julia Cameron wrote a lot about synchronicity in her book The Artist's Way, in … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2016 Update:Rebel Rousing

From Newbie Library Tech To An Emerging Vet

On the surface, I seem like a confident speaker. Usually, I can say things both prepared and improvised although two talks pushed my often submerged nerves to the surface. Both took place in front of the Library Technician students at the college, now divided into year 1 and two thanks to a new admission structure. (Previously, … Continue reading From Newbie Library Tech To An Emerging Vet

The Flamingo of Doubt and Going Rogue for NaNoWriMo 2016

People used to pull out their morning paper on the bus; I pull out my phone. The first app to open is Twitter, scanning the feed for local and international news. My Twitter also features some writers I follow, including Chuck Wendig, an author I heard about two years ago from someone during a NaNoWriMo … Continue reading The Flamingo of Doubt and Going Rogue for NaNoWriMo 2016

How Much Advice Before Breakfast?

It's nearly 8 am and with no milk for coffee, I went to my local café for some scribbling and breakfast. The grocery store opens at 9, allowing me time to stock up on lunch items as the library returns to normal hours. The bright-blue bag in the picture is my grocery bag, ready to … Continue reading How Much Advice Before Breakfast?

The Snow Encore Plus What’s Next

Environment Canada calls today a 'light snow shower.' The snow falls off and on throughout the day, with the temperatures between -5 and -10 depending on, you guessed it, wind chill. (For Americans that's 14-23 degrees Fahrenheit.) Tonight after handing in my final exercise in Reading Fiction POV with Gotham Writer's Workshop, I will switch … Continue reading The Snow Encore Plus What’s Next

A New Book in the Story

I carry a journal in my purse. I adapted the notebook idea from the Natalie Goldberg classic Writing Down the Bones. Goldberg would buy bags based on how well they can carry her notebooks, and I even tried to emulate filling a notebook a month. That's still in progress. I finished my black moleskin during Christmas … Continue reading A New Book in the Story

The Day Jobs That Inspired Famous Authors

Sometimes an infographic helps keep me motivated in my day job. Call it the writer’s paradox. Here’s to writers, both published or not, with day jobs.

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By Stephen Pritchard

To celebrate National Novel Writing Month I wanted to shine a spotlight on famous authors who had written books outside of their working hours by creating an infographic that reminded writers struggling to find time or motivation that a day job doesn’t have to get in the way of being an author.

What soon became obvious is that rather than being a hindrance, jobs could actually be a huge help to authors, as their experiences in the workplace had obviously been a source of inspiration. That must certainly have been true for Stephen King, who was working as a high school teacher when he wrote Carrie, while Joseph Conrad’s journeys to the Congo as a merchant seamen brought his descriptions of the area to life in Heart of Darkness.

You can take a look at the full list of day jobs that inspired famous authors…

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Up For Air IV: Cut Your Losses and Keep Writing

After the success of last year's National Novel Writing Month, this time I had a disaster. The idea did not sustain me over the month and trying to balance it with the Medical Terminology course did not work. I didn't crack 10,000 words. I feel strangely alright with how things went. Either I remain in … Continue reading Up For Air IV: Cut Your Losses and Keep Writing

Grammar Gremlins

  When we name the parts, we take away the mystery and turn writing into a problem that can be solved. -Stephen King   I speak English, but another language embedded itself in my head first. My parents spoke Portuguese back in the days Canadian immigration didn't mandate language benchmarks or fluency for newcomers. My parents … Continue reading Grammar Gremlins