Golden Ears Writers – Maple Ridge, B.C.

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For several years, I had to travel outside of my home city to find a writing community. The situation prompted me to explore ways to connect with and bring together local writers. For my first effort, I advertised through the local library for fellow writers interested in forming a critique group, and Maple Ridge Writers […]

IWSG – Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group, March Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out? Given that I only delved into fiction writing about six years ago, I don’t have any stories that are “really old”. For me, this question also requires some differentiation between long and short […]

Writers need healthy nourishment: Orange Bran Muffins

Orange Bran Muffins

Writing does not typically involve much movement or activity beyond staring out the window, growling at the screen and pleading with characters. Put bluntly, writers tend to be cerebral and somewhat sedentary. I’ve decided to share the occasional recipe I’ve developed, along with a picture (don’t expect studio quality, please). Orange Bran Muffins 2 cups […]

Insecure Writers Question of the Month: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I’ve been studying fiction craft for the last six years. These days, when I read a story that isn’t engaging me, I’m more likely to know why (head-hopping and/or poor characterization for example) I experience the urge to throw the book across the room. Life is too short to finish reading poorly-crafted novels.  If I […]

What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

I’m a couple of weeks late with this post. Not a great start to my resolutions, but late is better than never, right? (In my defense, I fell off the group list and didn’t receive a newsletter reminding me – I’ve signed up again!) I don’t think there is a writing “rule” I regret hearing. […]