Anne Laurel Carter’s Blog

Ten Tips to Guide a Novel Revision

I recently gave a workshop on novel revision at CANSCAIP’s annual PYI conference. I am currently following my own advice: I put my novel aside for 2 months and have been enjoying right brain activities, notably art, in which I play with colour and images

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Writing the YA Novel and Procrastination

Michael Martchenko  once gave a hilarious and informative presentation at one of our free monthly CANSCAIP meetings in Toronto. He showed numerous photos of himself procrastinating (at the fridge, on the sofa, and back to the kitchen) and I realized:  illustrators

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To plot or not to plot

After five years working on my epic YA fantasy (a new genre for me) I got into serious trouble with plotting. Plotting was much easier when I could rely on history, research, and interviews to fuel the key incidents. In a fantasy, I

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Did you miss Inspire?

They certainly got the name right. I attended all three days of Toronto’s brand new International Book Fair. Upstairs at the convention centre I was surrounded by book people and (is there a better word?) inspired by icons like Chris Hadfield, Dav

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Research helps fantasy worldbuilding

Vivid writing is all about details and a good fantasy demands a believable new world. Because we’re in a fluctuating imaginative state when we write, we can easily and unconsciously use what I call default details –  unoriginal bits our brains have stored from

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