Resources For Writers

From book reviews and recommendations to tips about the craft and updates on the changing publishing landscape, this is where you will find a range of information to help you improve your writing.

Recommended Books For Writers


TED Talk – Why I read a Book a Day

in this TED Talk, Tai Lopez reminds us that everyone wants the good life, but not everyone gets the good life because not everyone is willing to do what it takes. He raises interesting points about 'the law of 33%' - how people at the highest level spend their time....

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Captivate Your Readers (Jodie Renner) – Part 1

At the When Words Collide readers and writers event in Calgary, Jodie Renner delivered an engaging presentation on how writers can hook readers into their stories. by letting them speak for themselves. In other words, an author has to resist the urge to insert...

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Dialogue – A Lesson from Robert McKee

Robert McKee is the genius behind the go-to writer's guide, Story. His focus is the screenwriting world, but the concepts apply to every genre and form of writing. He's been teaching his methods around the world for decades. McKee doesn't pull any punches. Buy his...

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November 19, 2015 – Storytellers’ Meetup Handouts

Last evening, I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of energetic writers who met at the Angus Glen Library in Markham. The Storytellers represented the diversity of writers - published, in the draft stage, conceptualizing ideas, writing 250 words every day,...

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Poe’s Philosophy Of Composition [long]

From: Graham’s Magazine, vol. XXVIII, no. 4, April 1846, 28:163-167 CHARLES DICKENS, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of “Barnaby Rudge,” says — “By the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his ‘Caleb Williams’...

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Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid [Story Editing] – Video 4

The Story Grid Spreadsheet By: Shawn Coyne. Featuring: Steven Pressfield. Click HERE for the original post. You must have a MAP of your story - how else will you know that your protagonists have reached their destination/destiny? So now you have a first draft of your...

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