How do you know when it’s time to start writing your book?
At this time of year, our farmers’ market is held inside an old Nissen hut, rather than outside. I visited the market on Saturday and made a beeline for my farmer at his table full of leafy greens and root vegetables. “You’ll be happy to know,” I told Graham, speaking through my mask, “that I’m…
Four ways to boost your writing skills when you don’t have time (or willingness) to write
I don’t like going to the gym, but I love being active. At this time of year, my main “arms” exercise is carrying logs for my wood stove. You’d be surprised how even a focused burst of activity every two days can build muscle. Similarly, I don’t love sitting down to write for long stretches,…
How to ace your book page
Here’s how to create a book page that will dazzle your readers. It’s key to own your piece of the internet when it comes to promoting your book. Even if you have publicity and marketing support from your publisher, you still need to drive your own marketing. A book page is a place to collect…
Tracking Giants is now available for preorder!
It’s herrrre! My very excellent publisher Greystone Books slipped me a couple advance reader’s copies of my book. Yes that is Tracking Giants in my hand!! It comes out in May 2023 and I’d be truly delighted if you preordered. Maybe you can leave a fir cone and a preorder note under the tree this year? 🤷🏻♀️🌲…
December workshop: How to hold space for creative expression
Some combos are plain ol’ dreamy. The incomparable Kerri Twigg and I have designed a workshop to nurture your creative spirit and remind you that, regardless of your job title or your productivity, you are an artist first and foremost. Kerri is an incredible career coach and mindfulness teacher who has helped thousands of people figure…
Three ways to listen more in your writing
The most important role in any conversation is listening, and writers are some of the best listeners out there. Here are three approaches to listening that can strengthen your writing, and your conversations.
The importance of The Sacred Pause
It happens a lot. My clients hit their deadline (nailed it!) and then… “After a day’s reflection, I decided to tighten this scene/add this story/delete that thing I was worrying about last night.” It’s no problem for my editing process. I just add/delete and carry on in the document. But the recurrence highlights how important…
I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that editor
Yes, I went to the Lizzo concert in Vancouver this week. Because I live on a small island and the ferries were impacted by weather, it took me about 16 hours of travel time. But it was worth it! Here are a few writing, editing, and publishing tips inspired by Lizzo songs. Tempo: The “speed”…
How to Rewild Your Writing
Rewilding is a practice of protecting natural landscapes by “allowing” them to return to their natural state, to let the wild back in. We can apply these principles to our lives, and our creative efforts. Here are some tips to rewild your writing.