Writing

The Real Reason Why I Write

Cheryl Muir | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Cheryl Muir

Writing saved my life. Without it, I wouldn't be here. It's really that simple. While that may sound a little somber, stay with me as I elaborate. ...

How We Can Build Strong, Diverse Female Characters In Our Stories

Fallon DeMornay | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
Fallon DeMornay

We live in a world of bold, dazzling Technicolor. Feel and emote in an array of vibrancy and texture. So it's important that our characters reflect that same richness all around us; otherwise, the alternative is to fade away into the desolate landscape of the white default.

Here's Why You Never Get Around To Writing That Book

Cheryl Muir | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

We're not in medieval times. A time when only monks held the ability to read and write and monasteries housed the majority of the free world's books, handing the Church of England tremendous power over the everyman and everywoman living in poverty and voluntary ignorance. A period in history when you could only craft words skillfully -- or at all -- if you possessed status and wealth.

Earning My MFA Has Forced Me To Examine My Insecurities

Erin Silver | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
Erin Silver

Perhaps the hardest part about being a mom is leaving your kids, tearing yourself in half, whether for an MFA residency, like I'm doing, or even just to travel or go to work each day. Parenthood is a juggling act, and some days we are better at balancing than others.

7 Signs You're A Writer

Cheryl Muir | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

I would never be so arrogant to say I have all the answers and of course the topic of "What makes someone a writer" is incredibly subjective, but in my experience, there are many signs informing you that you are indeed destined to to string words together during your time on this blue and green orb. Here are seven of them.

Romeo And Juliet Is Now A Choose-Your-Own-Path Story

Michael MacDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Michael MacDonald

I first meet Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and author of To Be or Not To Be: That is the Adventure, at a recent Toronto reading. North was presenting the sequel to TBoNTB: TitA, a second choose-your-path Shakespeare novel titled Romeo and/or Juliet.

Welcome To The Island Of Beautiful People

Natalie Karneef | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Natalie Karneef

Canggu is a visually stunning paradise where rice paddies meet ocean. Like most of Bali, it is full of kindness, and very relaxed. Out on the roads, cars, trucks, buses and scooters press up against each other, snaking through black exhaust in an unhurried manner, everyone just emanating this "we'll get there eventually" vibe.

So You Want To Write A Book...

Anne Day | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Anne Day

It has become clear to me recently that not only do people not know where to start, but often they don't know what to write about. As someone who just writes, because I love writing, I have come to understand that it is not that way for everyone.

Surprising Secrets To Freelance Success

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Business
Kathy Buckworth

Be early: Never, ever be late for a meeting or appointment. I am routinely over an hour early for meetings. Not only does it relieve stress (yours) and frustration (theirs) but that hour gives you ample preparation time, or time to finish other work and errands while you have a coffee.

No, You Do Have Time To Read

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Five books a week? Many of my friends are shocked that I can get through so many. "I wish! I simply don't have the time," many of them say... If you've binge watched even one Netflix series, you've had time to read. If you've been on Facebook scrolling through posts from a month ago, you've had time to read.

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've come to see that instead of wasting time on people and activities that deplete me, I need to "waste" my time procrastinating and playing, so that many more absurd and ridiculous ideas can trickle into my conscious awareness.

Why You Need To Write Like Nobody's Reading

Cheryl Muir | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Want to know a little secret? My novel focuses on sex, violence and money so it's near impossible for me to publish it without offending someone. So I thought, f*ck it. I'm going to write whatever the hell I want, and once it's out into the world, I let go of the outcome. Criticism, praise, or worse, crickets -- I'll take it all on the chin. As long as I know I've written what I wanted to, that in my mind equals literary success.

The, I'm Sure I've Got A Book In Me, Book Tour

Meredith Fowke | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Meredith Fowke

At one time, I figured it would be easier to write a book of short stories. I don't know why I thought this. Writing multiple stories when you can't write one story is obviously much harder. But I like coming up with titles, and for a while I had some real crackers. My thinking behind creating a title first is that it's a bit like "fill in the blanks."

Crucial Writing Tips From Lawrence Hill

The Banff Centre | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Alberta
The Banff Centre

With thousands of people fleeing conflicts around the world, Lawrence Hill's words could be straight out of a headline from one of today's newspapers. Prescient as the novel may seem, there's no way Hill could have known the magnitude of the refugee crisis when he started writing over five years ago. Issues of identity and belonging are, quite simply, the things he's passionate about. And, as he says, it's his duty to write about the things he cares about.

A Longing More Than Met

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

From my earliest moments as a new mother, I'd longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I'd felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation.

6 Tools To Improve Your Business Productivity

Madaline Zannes | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Business
Madaline Zannes

Within each work day, there are only so many hours you have to produce your best, which is why it's important to maximize and monitor the time you spend on anything. This of course leads to the difference between working more versus working smarter.

These Fill-In-The-Blanks Show The Darkest Side Of Narcissism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

What if narcissism isn't what we assume it is? Yes, narcissists project an über-confident, egotistical image but most researchers believe this is merely a smokescreen to disguise extremely low or even non-existent self-esteem. I thought why not demonstrate it because actions speak louder than words.

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

Reinventing Myself In Isolation Led Me To Have More Empathy

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

Rooming houses and cheap basement apartments in my neighbourhood are full of people like that. One day, some of them just don't get up. This happens. Every day. But I made a choice a long time ago. I'm not going down without a fight. This past year I've tried to re-invent myself as a writer of a TV drama series.

This Fellowship Frees Writers From The Financial Fight

The Banff Centre | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
The Banff Centre

Thanks to a new partnership with the Writers' Trust and The Banff Centre, all three Fellows will also receive a two-week, self-directed residency in the Centre's exclusive Leighton Artists' Colony, a place dedicated to giving artists and writers the time and space to create in a solitary retreat environment.

This Poem Slams Gender Inequality

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

We are beaten; we are burned, stabbed, We are sold; we are raped, and killed In times of peace and in times of war We are powerless.

How Writing About Being a 'Drunk Mom' Changed My Career

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

I drank while taking care of an infant. I was full of fire, ready to tell my story. The book got published; it became a bestseller; I received lots of praise, but also lots of criticism and even the occasional death threat. One of the most challenging and interesting gigs that Drunk Mom brought on was ghostwriting somebody else's memoir. We recognized each other beyond our differences. We were both addicts.

Why You Should Get Your Kid to Handwrite

Annette Poizner | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Annette Poizner

Recent research confirms that those bringing pen and paper back into daily life are on the right track. A study performed at the UCLA showed that jotting notes by hand improves a student's ability to conceptually understand material covered in a lecture, as well as to recall facts, compared to students who took notes on a laptop.

11 Problems All Writers Face

Cheryl Muir | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Writing saved my life. And it's not a dramatic or a grandiose statement. You see, when I was at the darkest point in my life -- when I was 15-years-old and in the midst of two years of intense bullying at high school -- writing was my respite.

Don't Ask for a Raise, Go Get it as an Entrepreneur

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Business
Charlotte Ottaway

I've always had an entrepreneurial drive. I still hold vivid memories of picking pears from the large tree that grew beside the trampoline in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember packing them into plastic grocery bags (we weren't all that environmentally conscious back then) and loading them into my little red wagon.