How Toxic Positivity Can Ruin Your Writing

What is toxic positivity? Essentially, it’s the belief that negative thoughts about anything should be avoided. Sure, we can look on the bright side, but sometimes things suck, and that emotion deserves to be honoured. But wait, how does that tie in with writing? Here’s a secret that’s not so secret: Sometimes our writing sucks. […]

Writing the Right Words

Take the time to find the right words for your story.

There’s a scene in a later season of one of my favourite 30-minute shows, The Office, where Kevin starts speaking very simply. His logic is that you don’t need fancy language or words to communicate, and it will save time. “Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick.” But, of course, because The Office is a […]

Don’t Rush the Second Half of Your Book

Don't rush your ending!

It’s 6:30 on a Friday and I’m in college. I can hear the whoops and excited chatter in the common lounge of my friends and their friends. I’m sitting at my computer reminding myself that I had promised to finish this essay tonight so I could enjoy the weekend, but I’m only halfway through. Don’t […]

The Red Flags of Publishing

Learn the red flags of publishing.

Publishing is the goal for any writer. After all, why write if no one is going to read it? Unfortunately, there are a lot of people and businesses out there who prey upon the uninformed. It’s hard to know who to trust and who has our best interests in mind, especially when the golden apple […]

Finding The Right Beta Readers

Learn what beta readers are and how they help authors.

Beta readers: authors need them, but how do they find them? And what do they actually do? Should you pay them? What Are Beta Readers? As writers – especially first-time writers, make their way down the path toward publication, they come face to face with terms they haven’t heard before, timelines they hadn’t considered, and […]

Explaining Manuscript Assessments & Developmental Edits

Understand the difference between develomental editing and manuscript assessments.

Have you heard these terms flying around (maybe on my own social media), but aren’t completely sure what they mean? Is there a difference? What They Are A manuscript assessment is a high-level review of the document. I take a look at plot, character development, and arc. It’s a great way to see where the […]

Can You Self-Edit Yourself Out of Needing a Professional Editor?

Self-editing is an important step every writer needs to take.

Self-editing is an important process of any novel writing. In fact, most of us tend to use editing as a way not to finish our draft. We think, “this chapter isn’t perfect, and I need it to be perfect to move on.” I’m not talking about that kind of self-editing. Editing comes at the end. […]

Wins From a Rejection

At the beginning of the year, I submitted to the CBC Nonfiction prize. I had never submitted to anything like it before, but it was important to me to do so. “Let them say no to you, don’t say no for them” is something I have to tell myself a lot. I’ve always been afraid […]

Dealing with Rejection in Writing

You’ve finished your manuscript, you’ve got a query, and now you’re pitching to agents and publishers. You’re so full of hope and excitement. You check your email, and there’s a response! Excitedly, you open it only to read, “thanks, but no thanks.” That “no” is hard to read, but you’re a creative. It’s part of […]

Why Do I Need to Do a Develomental Edit?

A writer needs to get their manuscript developmentally edited prior to publication

“I’m going to get my book traditionally published, so I don’t need to worry about a developmental editor.” That statement, while once true, is no longer as accurate as we thought. During the long months of the pandemic many people turned to their computers to write the book they had been thinking about writing . […]