Category Archives: My Writer’s Journal

WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.21/17 – Permission to Read

I know this may sound crazy, but today I need to give myself permission to read. Each day I set time aside to write and today is just such a day. But some days I don’t know what to write about. There’ll be some confusion in my mind about where to start, or what to […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.15/17 – Writing Workshop

  This past weekend I went to a writing workshop at Five Oaks in Paris, Ontario. I’ve been there many times before over the years. Five Oaks was once the summer meeting ground of the Cayuga nation, and is therefore sacred ground. There’s a labyrinth, which I walked before I started my first book, walking […]

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WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.8/17 – No Research No Book

Today, I’m in the process of getting myself organized today for a Writing Workshop this coming weekend (Nov.10-12/17).  I want to be able to take advantage of the opportunity of having hours of uninterrupted time to actually work on my new book. To that end, I have done a rough outline of the next scene […]

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WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.7/17 – Art and Writing Meet

  One of the most exciting things about going out on appearances, is the amazing people I get to meet. At the Mary Webb Centre on Saturday Nov. 5/17, a young woman by the name of Elizabeth Downey-Sunnen and I really hit it off. As a writer whose next novel is about an artist, it […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.2/17 – There are Two Types of Writer’s.

Now that I have decided to focus my energies on writing my new novel, I am trying to find a way in. I already have thirty pages written, and lots and lots of research and ideas of the types of scenes I want to add to the story. Yet it’s like stepping into a maze […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.1/17 – Tough Choices

As a writer in today’s world, we are expected to build a platform. This can mean many things. From offering workshops, giving talks, and teaching, to selling yourself  through social media, writing posts and showing up in person at various events. So where is there time for writing? Answer: There isn’t any, or at least, […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct.26/17 – Book Club Visit

Had a wonderful visit yesterday (Oct.25/17) with the lovely ladies from St. John’s United Church in Botany, Ontario.  They made me feel so welcome. We started out with introductions, then everyone around the table got to say what they thought of my book River of the Stick Wavers. I’m happy to report that every single person […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct.23/17 – Unexpected Outcome

  Hey Writers: As you know I was at the Crazy 8 Barn in Palmyra this past Saturday with 5 other writers. While I appreciate this opportunity, it was a tough sell for all of us. I don’t know what it is, but people don’t seem terrbily interested in local authors. There’s very little support […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 20/17 – Coming Together

  Hi Writers. Things are really coming together today. I picked up my author’s banner just in time for my appearance at the Crazy 8 Barn in Palmyra tomorrow. At 81″ tall, it’s a little tricky to open up. Then I had a problem with it leaning. But that was only because I didn’t see […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 19/17 – This and That

Here it is Thursday already and I haven’t written a single journal entry for you. My week has been a mish mash of various things. I’ve been trying to pick up my author banner, but every time I go to Chamberlin Mercury, I can’t get in the driveway due to construction. I certainly hope I […]

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WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 13/17 – Prepping

Prepping can mean anything from doing research or, in my case, reading about the writing process, which I suppose you could consider research as well. You’d think by now, I know enough about the writing process, having a book published and all. But it’s like everything else, I guess: the more you know, the more […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 12/17 – Co-Writers

A funny thing happened to me on the weekend. One of my writer friends put  out a challenge to write a story based on a book title The Thinner. Another friend answered the challenge by starting a horror story and offered a challenge of her own to keep the story going. Just for fun, I […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 11, 2017 – Lost Work

I promised myself that I’d share both the bad and the good on this journey of being a writer. Today and yesterday, I should have just stayed in bed. Everything I touched turned out wrong. On the up side, it’s because I’ve got a lot of writerly things going on right now. I’m just having […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 6/17 – Filling the Well

  My friend and I took a little drive out to the Mary Webb Centre yesterday, not only to pay for my table for the Local Author Fair, but also to meet William Prettie, the organizer of the Fair. I must say, my friend and I were so impressed with what they’re doing there. Music, […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 4/17 – Making Connections

The life of a writer can be lonely at times. We spend a lot of time in front of the computer, staring out the window searching for inspiration, or, as in my case, spending time at the ironing board trying to figure out plot lines. Hey, the methodical back and forth motion of the iron […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 29/17 – Writing Badly

11:30 am It’s been a while since I actually did some writing on my novel. When this happens, I find it very hard to get back into it. I have all this information in my head and I can’t seem to sort it out. Where is my entering in point? Can I just dive in? […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL Sept. 27/17 – Go with the Flow

I had such good intentions to write today, but at 1:30 pm, while having lunch, the dentist called because they have a cancellation at 3:00 pm and wondered if I’d come then instead of 4:30 pm. What could I say? I agreed to make the earlier time. There’s no point in me trying to write […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL Sept.25/17 – Banner Work

There’s so much to think about when you’re trying to market yourself.  It’s often all guess work. Try this, try that, to see what works. In the end it’s about selling myself. I’ve learned that people want to connect with the person behind the book. So I’m hoping that a 36″X 81″ banner photo of […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL Sept. 22/17 – Workshops and Revelations

    They don’t call them workshops for nothing. They truly are a lot of work. Some days I wonder why I do all the things I do to be known as a writer. It seems like I’m always complaining about some aspect of it that has nothing to do with the actual writing of […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 19/17 – Workshops

      Got an out of town meeting tonight about the workshop I’m creating with two other writers. Naturally, this takes time away from working on my novel — as many things do. However, as a first-time author, I have learned that it’s necessary to find ways to introduce myself to people so that […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 18/17 – Writing Groups

A few days ago, I wrote about how lonely it can be sometimes when you’re a writer. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer pecking away at the keys, making notes for my research to add to my already thick binder, as I try to piece together my story from the […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 15/17 – Artist Dates

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I was experiencing a bout of loneliness connected with being a writer. With the help on an online writing buddy, who understood and supported me, I was able to get some work done.  By the end of the day I was back on the front porch (where […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 14, 2017 – Loneliness

Writing, is by nature, a lonely business. Most days, I don’t mind working alone. But some days are harder than most. Especially when I know my friends are out having fun: playing tennis, participating in a study group, travelling, or being involved in some other activity where they’ll make new friends. But I have made […]

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MY WRITER’S JOURNAL Sept. 13/17 – The First Day

Hi all of you writer’s out there. I’v been thinking about doing a daily writing journal for a while now. I’ve been putting it off, (it’s called procrastination) like writer’s do. I thought I needed to advertise it first to prepare everyone for the start of this venture. The trouble is, by waiting, you’re missing […]

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