Category Archives: Writing

Write Better

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There are no shortcuts. And that’s a good thing. Want to be a better writer? Write. That’s it. Well, that’s not entirely true. There are several other steps, including (but not limited to) write more, write when you have nothing to say, and keep writing. Notice a theme? That’s the only difference between writers and non-writers: they keep writing. There… Read more »

Confidence and Tail Guns

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Confidence and tail guns Are all he possessed. An alien land with alien air; He invaded with the confidence Of a young man fighting for ideals. A glass bubble Would either be his coffin or his throne. Tail guns would decide.   He smiles at me from seventy years back. Like a letter from the front, I can see the… Read more »

Short Story: An Exercise

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His name was Charles. Charlie to his friends, of which he had exactly none. But he had his books. And books, as far as he was concerned, were many times better than the very best of friends. It was not so much that Charles was disagreeable. He was likable enough. He occasionally had some interesting things to say, and he… Read more »

Memoir: An Exercise

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  [Editor’s Note – I’m taking a creative writing class at the University of Guelph. This is the rough draft of a memoir assignment for that course.]   L-double I-S-A. Liisa. I can’t say that the double i’s were the reason I liked her so much, but it most definitely added to her mystique. It made her different. And in… Read more »

Self-Evaluation is for Losers

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I Am A C-Plus I should probably have to turn in my blogging card. Hang my head in despair, and perform a solitary walk of shame away from the brotherhood of bloggers. Exiled. Ostracized. Why? Because I didn’t write a “New Year’s Resolution” post in early January. I thought about it. Even penciled out a rough sketch. But it felt… Read more »

NaNoWriMo Update #3

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Is that a novel in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? It’s Day 4 of my post-NaNoWriMo existence. I am squarely in what others refer to as the “Post NaNo Blues”. It’s a real thing…I saw it on the internet. You can google it. I entered into the “competition” without any real plan, and if I’m… Read more »

NaNoWriMo Update #2

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel Eyes sore. Fingers calloused. Back in spasms. Occupational hazards of the aspiring writer as he pecks away at his trusty old laptop. I have never spent quite so much time sitting at my computer. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have wasted hours – nay, days! – watching stupid videos and checking… Read more »

NaNoWriMo Update #1

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Well, here we are. Eight days into my own personal Everest – attempting to write a novel in 30 days. It’s been an adventure so far, and I’ve learned a few things about myself and my process along the way. So, where do we stand? Total Words Written to Date – 10724 as of 11:28am on November 8. Yay me!… Read more »