Kate Harris has won the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize (Nonfiction) for her debut memoir, Lands of Lost Borders. Of Lands of Lost Borders, judge Michael Harris said, This is so much more than a travelogue; in sharing her adventure biking the Silk Road, Kate Harris gives us a meditation on both our yearning to explore … Continue reading Kate Harris wins the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
In their classic book on making art (or avoiding the process), Art & Fear, David Bayles and Ted Orland outline the merits of using your work as a litmus test for your commitment: Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are … Continue reading When you show up for your work, your work shows up for you
Humans tend to favour analogical reasoning—we regularly look for the similarities between two or more unlike things or systems (compare reasoning from first principles). But when is relying on analogy a problem, and does doing so prevent us from living in the moment and engaging deeply with our writing? In Rob Walker's new book, which … Continue reading It hurts to be present
You feel like you should finish your book—you've already sunk so much time and energy into it. But your old techniques for productivity aren't working anymore. Your story isn't going anywhere—no purpose, no horizon. And you hate your manuscript. Like, really, truly, loathe it. It's normal to feel stuck at points in your writing. But … Continue reading When the horse dies, get off
I'm absolutely thrilled for music therapist Jennifer Buchanan. Her latest book, Wellness Incorporated: The Health Entrepreneur's Handbook, won first place in the business category at the 2019 Next Generation Book Awards and 2019 New York Book Festival, and was the Runner-Up in the 2019 San Francisco Book Festival. I edited this book for Page Two.
Bob Joseph's new book, Indigenous Relations, debuted on several bestseller lists (CBC, Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail) alongside his 2018 release, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. Check out Page Two's post on how Bob has dominated bestseller lists since April 2018. I project-managed 21 Things and edited Indigenous … Continue reading Bob Joseph dominates bestseller lists
Michael Pollan gives a masterclass in selecting a narrative voice in the most recent episode of the Longform podcast. You have to reconstruct your first person [narrative] every book.... Your personality has so many elements, and you don't use all of them. You pick a few.... Some facts about you are irrelevant to that story.... … Continue reading Which narrator will you use?
One of the biggest takeaways I had from my yoga teacher training at Ahimsa Yoga Centre in Toronto was not strictly about postures or breathing. My teacher, J-P Tamblyn-Sabo, saw us all working so hard, really much harder than we needed to. When you're straining in a pose, you're not breathing, and you're inhibiting flexibility in … Continue reading The sweet spot
Take your work seriously. Don't take yourself seriously. Set a deadline and stick to it—don't project-manage yourself into procrastination. Make a list of resources to consult and small tasks to complete—create a checklist and work through it. Block off time—it's yours to block off. Get a writing buddy or join a writing group—accountability drives productivity. … Continue reading How to Write More
In a recent post on his wonderful blog, Austin Kleon quoted Brian Eno on why he decided to stop touring. As part of his explanation for staying put, Eno describes his creative process as "Import and Export," which I think is the clearest way of explaining what writers, musicians, and artists of all types do. … Continue reading Writers are in the import/export business