Time to renew…

Kaboom! I can’t believe how many years I’ve been using the same layout for my website. It’s time for a change, so I’m getting out the safety equipment and firing up the jackhammer so that I can rebuild. I want a clean, fresh look. I’m...
Productive & Motivated

Productive & Motivated

Last month was a whirlwind. I’d entered the first thirty pages and a too-long synopsis to the Toronto Romance Writers contest, The Catherine. I was a finalist in my category, and the judges comments were incredibly helpful. With less than a week to get my pages...
…About the Word ‘Black’

…About the Word ‘Black’

I attended a writing workshop a few weeks ago and the speaker talked about ‘black moments’, alluding to the despair and hopeless experienced by a character. That pissed me off. Such a lazy, unimaginative descriptor. Why is ‘black’ or the...
Agent Pitches & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

Agent Pitches & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

Last week, I did a pitch to an agent during a writers’ conference. I’d sweated like a stevedore over preparing my first query letter and honed my first page to what I thought was not cringe-inducing. All bright and eager, I sat myself down in front of the...
Becoming redeemed, writerly speaking

Becoming redeemed, writerly speaking

I’ve gutted my manuscript from 129,000 words to 60,000 by cutting out one major story line. Let me tell you, that was like opening a vein with no sutures in sight. For six weeks, I didn’t touch the draft, because it was worse than starting over. It’s...