5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips

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True stories well told. Lee Gutkind

At some point in university, I read Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species. It was lyrical and riveting. Yes, you read that right. I’m talking about a scientific text published in 1859 … and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not what I’d call a cure for insomnia like so many of the dry, nonfiction texts I read throughout my school years. Have you ever wondered why history textbooks, so full of adventure, misfortune and the ideals on which countries were founded, tend to be written in fairly unimaginative language? Me, too. Well, I don’t have the answer. I do know, however, that it’s entirely possible to write about facts in an exciting style. There’s a reason why we enjoy reading fiction so much. So, in the interest of readability, I’ve pulled together five tips to help you make your nonfiction writing more engaging. Continue reading “5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips”

My Summer Reading List

Given that summer has finally arrived (and because you might need a little rest after those Canada Day celebrations), I thought I’d put together a short list of some of my favourite books (in my first-ever attempt at stop-motion photography!). I admit, these are not your typical summer reads. Instead, they’re intriguing, funny, heartbreaking and worth every minute you spend with them. If you like books that ask you to work a bit, to analyze themes and connect with literary devices, like irony, metafiction, satire or magic realism, then I think you’ll really appreciate these suggestions. Continue reading “My Summer Reading List”

5 Favourite Websites on Writing for the Magazine Industry

no-68481_1920Last week, I happened to be scrolling through my collection of “query letter responses” from the last few months. I don’t do that too often. Actually, I prefer not to do that too often. Staring at those rejection letters isn’t exactly my idea of a good time. Not yours either, I’d bet. So, let’s not discuss it, ok?

Instead, let’s put our heads together and come up with ways to minimize the chances of receiving them.

The Truth: There is no magic potion that will make an editor publish your work if s/he doesn’t already want to. Sorry.

You do have power, though. You are the idea-maker. Despite appearances to the contrary, you can break into the magazine industry as long as you follow through with these three keys to success. Continue reading “5 Favourite Websites on Writing for the Magazine Industry”

Grab A Book And Eat It!

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Ambrosia salad, gumbo, fruit pizza and mimosa. Not your typical dinner party fare. But, this isn’t your typical dinner party. This party is actually a book club gathering.

Book clubs show no signs of being a passing fad. Even years after Oprah encouraged her followers to band together, read and discuss, libraries continue to host clubs and recommend books. And why not? As a friend of mind (and avid book clubber) once told me, “It’s like being part of a community.” The key to these micro communities is the book, of course. But, you can’t deny (at least, I can’t) that food is also a vital part. Continue reading “Grab A Book And Eat It!”