Essentially, the seven sentence story is a plotting exercise to help you get the framework of your story down. It's the main events of your story stripped of all the extra stuff that make something exciting to read. Then, once you have the seven sentences outlining your main events, you can fill in all the details and make a complete story, or even novel!Continue Reading
Last night, when my friends and I left When Words Collide, we were exhausted. Inspired, yes. Full to the brim with ideas and tips to make our writing better, yes. But also, physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. To be honest, I’m still feeling pretty wiped. On Friday, I posted about how to survive a writing […]Continue Reading
I'm going to When Words Collide this weekend! If you've ever been to a conference, you know they're marathons, not sprints. I know, cliche alert. But it's true. Nearly three days of constant panels, some that start early, some that go quite late, with no real meal breaks (unless you want to miss panels and why would you want to do that?!). It's exhausting. Wonderful. But exhaustingContinue Reading
Last summer I went to my very first writing conference. It was a fabulous three days of panels, discussions and workshops on reading, writing, and editing. My favourite sessions at this conference were the live action slush piles.Continue Reading
If you’re reading this you either read or write and are interested in how people use words. You might be a read a lot and write a little. You might read a little and write a lot. It doesn’t matter what you write–you can use these tips to make your second draft cleaner, more persuasive, more entertaining writing.Continue Reading
Earlier this week, my boss sent the link to this fabulous infographic to our office. I fell in love with it instantly. If you've spent any time on my blog or talked with me about writing you'll know that I've developed quite the passion for plain language.Continue Reading