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    The Journey: Typing “The End”

    I didn’t used to think deciding on “the end” was hard. You’d write the last line of that novel and know that’s where the story should end. This has always been the case for me–I have always known where the writing should stop. Knowing where the editing should stop is a whole other ordeal. I have been editing my current WIP for almost six months. I know that seems like a long time, but let me put that into perspective for you: I wrote the first draft in about six months. To not spend at least as much time in the editing phase, to me, is a waste. So much…

  • The Journey: Sharing a WIP

    A little over a week ago, on Twitter, I shared the aesthetic board for my current work-in-progress (herein called LW). It’s a YA urban fantasy set in Toronto, Ontario. My CP and overall goddess Rebecca Mix encouraged me to do it after hers (deservedly so) got such positive response. I am so out of my shell, y’all. I’ve never done anything like this before, and to be honest, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. LW is filled with a special kind of magic, and I hope you love it as much as I do. Here’s the aesthetic board for the project that has been my focus…

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    New Year, New Changes

    Happy New Year, babes. I thought long and hard about how and what I wanted to say in my first blog post of 2018. So, here it is. Since 2014, when I started this blog, I have posted something new every week. In 2018, I will no longer be posting every week. In the last year, the blog has become more of a job than a passion project, which is something I do not want the blog to be. I started writing here as a way to connect with other readers and writers; as a way to share my thoughts on my favourite books and authors. I want this blog to remain…

  • The Journey: Progress and the Perception of Progress

    Progress is such a tricky thing. How do you mark it? How do others perceive it? In my experience, the perception of progress is far from the reality. When I’m working on a writing project, as I’m sure many other writers can relate, I keep things fairly private. My family and friends know I’m writing, because that’s what I do, but they don’t know much else. My CPs are in the loop, but other than that the progress of my current WIP is pretty elusive. Progress, for a writer, can mean any number of things. To one writer, progress might mean getting 1,500 words written. Progress to another writer might mean…

  • Making Time for Writing

    The Journey: Making Time for Writing

    As I write this blog post, I’ve just finished exams, put in a full work week, have met a tight deadline, and am working on another deadline (two, actually). Making time for writing can be so hard, but if it’s what you love to do, you’ll always find a way. That’s what they say. Sometimes life is hard, you know? We can’t control everything, including how our time has to be spent. I realize that we all make choices which inform how our time is spent, but sometimes the choice is taken away. Sometimes, the choice is out of our control. So, if you’ve found it hard to find the time for reading…

  • writing inspiration

    The Journey: Writing Inspiration

    As winter gives way to spring, I am reminded of what inspires me most: nice weather. To me, there is nothing better for writing inspiration than a good dose of sunshine, just as sunshine is good for your health. As the world comes back to life, so does my writing inspiration. This spring, I learned the hard way that not all who are looking for critique partners are good at being critique partners. Yes, it’s disappointing when someone can’t offer you any new constructive criticism, but worse than that are the people who don’t know how to constructively critique something. One sure way to kill writing inspiration stone dead is to have…

  • writing talent

    The Journey: Writing Talent

    I’ve thought a fairly long time about writing something like this before finally diving in now. Really, it’s about writing talent: knowing you have it, utilizing it, and having it fostered. My favourite online writing has always been personal pieces by authors about their writing journeys. Laura Dower’s brief and somewhat inconsistent blog about her writing ventures is one I never miss. Veronica Roth’s series on writing, revising, and attending writing conferences is endlessly fascinating. Here, on the interwebs, we can get insight directly from our favourite writers. This past week, as I sat at my desk with the February gloom hanging overhead, I realized that writing is a really…

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    HarperCollins Reviews “Silence is Deadly”

    ** SPOILER ALERT: This HarperCollins review contains spoilers for the short story “Silence is Deadly.” Please Note: The interpretation portrayed in this review is just one interpretation. The events described in this review did not necessarily happen as assumed. HarperCollins Editor (December 6, 2011): “Silence is Deadly” was a powerful piece of work that was at times, very difficult to read. We receive lots of submissions dealing with abusive parents at Inkpop but very few make it through to the top cuts — this is a striking piece of writing and deserves to be in this month’s top selections. It’s very easy to be indulgent and melodramatic when writing family dramas but…

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    YALLFest 2015

    So, last weekend I hopped a flight (well, two) to Charleston, South Carolina for YALLFest 2015. It was a long way for this Ontario native to go for books, and it was so worth it. YALLCrawl I enjoyed YALLCrawl just as much as the day of panels. There were 17 authors all over downtown Charleston signing books. I couldn’t believe how many people came for the afternoon before YALLFest actually kicked off. I finally got to visit the legendary Blue Bicycle Books, and it was PACKED with pre-signed books. As Veronica Roth’s signing lines required wristbands that were handed out hours before I got there, I wasn’t able to see…

  • On Interning at a Literary Agency

    On Interning at a Literary Agency: Why You Should Consider It

    On Interning at a Literary Agency A lot has happened in the last year. I started this blog, finished editing my manuscript with a traditionally published author, started freelance editing, became a regular contributor at HelloGiggles and Quirk Books, and completed a six month internship at a literary agency. My internship just ended, so I think now’s the perfect time to reflect on interning at a literary agency.

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