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

Fantasy – all the way to Maroochydore!

In the last eight years I’ve felt a need for fantasy, a genre I’ve always loved to read, but a new challenge for me as a writer. My last novel was contemporary, realistic (published in 2008). Since then life’s weather systems have

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

Breathing life into a chase scene

    My hero gets chased across a desert and has to command some bad-tempered camels.  If I’m going to write it, I like to try it myself. (They didn’t listen to me.) As if I needed a reason to visit India. And since she loves

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