Tag Archives: writing

Think Like a Student

At this time of year, I’m keenly aware of every red maple leaf waving amongst a sea of green, the deep orange berries weighing down the branches of my mountain ash, the darkness creeping earlier into the evening and cool air entering through my still-open window in the wee hours of the morning. September is fast approaching and I’m powerless to hold on to those long, aimless summer days. But, I’m buoyed by the idea of a revamped routine for the coming months and inspired by a new old idea: Read more [...]

Time, Energy and Space for a Writing Life

Everyone’s busy. I get it. If you’re like me you probably take on too many commitments and get involved in too many activities, just to find yourself overwhelmed when projects are due, deadlines are looming, and everyone needs your attention. Although I’d like to imagine I can do everything, the reality is I can’t do everything well. I used to believe I could multi-task, but really I was only shuffling between tasks, not giving any one thing my full attention.  For a long time, writing Read more [...]

10 Tips for a Successful Book Launch

My experience with book launches is limited to two, one of which was my own, so perhaps I’m not the authority on this subject.  But, as always, what I didn’t know led me to read, investigate, ask questions, and eventually follow my own path. What I learned along the way suggests that book launches are as varied as the books they are celebrating and as unique as the individual writers. With that in mind, I offer my tips for creating a memorable book launch based on my first experience. Celebrate! Read more [...]

Indie Author with a Day Job

There are several benefits to being a writer with a day job. At least, that’s what I remind myself when my regular work gets hectic and my writing is pushed to the bottom of the list.  Unfortunately, the thing I am most passionate about is often set aside for career and family life considerations, leaving me frustrated at my inability get words on the page as regularly as I’d like.  That’s when I have to remind myself of the reasons why having a day job while being an indie author has Read more [...]

A Community of Writers

It’s been a long winter. Record low temperatures in Northern Ontario gripped us early and just wouldn’t let go. Biting cold days followed by dark nights left me huddled inside seeking warmth.  Despite my good intentions and a fairly well-established routine, extended illness, family issues, and the pressures of work smothered my writing goals like the thick layer of snow covering my summer garden. I was having trouble shovelling past all of the excuses to just sit down and write. Last week, Read more [...]