Keith MacKenzie 26 letters. A million and more words. No limit to stories.

Category “writing tips”

The importance of lull and flow

Thursday, 28 February, 2013

Came across this great quote when surfing Reddit’s writing subreddit: “This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now […]

What’s playing at the cinema in your head?

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. But I have an excuse – we were moving. We packed up all our shit and we moved across the continent, across the mighty Canada-U.S. border, and landed right smack in Woburn, Massachusetts. I feel like I’ve walked into a Ben Affleck movie. Well, no, not really, but […]


Sunday, 25 March, 2012

For those of us on the west coast – and particularly the Pacific Northwest – the recent sunshine comes with fantastic relief. After so many days of heart-shrivelling, wrinkle-forming pissy skies, many of us – especially neurotic writers like myself – were leering out at the so-called great outdoors and silently casting curses at the […]

Writing with messianic determination

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

A few years – decades, even? – ago, I was watching David Letterman and his cheeky gap-toothed New York humour as was the norm of my late nights, and this time, Peter O’Toole was one of the guests on the show. I’ve seen many actors, actresses and celebrities (yes, that’s a third category) on Letterman […]

The inexcusability of writer excuses

Tuesday, 7 February, 2012

Two of the greatest laments I hear from would-be writers and other artists are the lack of time and the lack of inspiration. Well, guess what? Those are unacceptable laments. If you want to see your words make it into print – be that via ebook, self-publishing or the traditional print – you have absolutely […]

The art of the point-of-view

Saturday, 21 January, 2012

One topic that seems to come up regularly in my writers’ group is – and I’m just as guilty of it as anyone – the shift of point-of-view in telling in a story. Example? Joe looked at Sarah and thought she looked absolutely dynamite. His heart felt like it was being squeezed in a vice […]

Keep your NaNoWriMo in NaNoWriMotion

Friday, 25 November, 2011

As a writer, I strive for – and dread – these moments. The moments where I must create something new out of thin air. I’m one of those writers who will go long, dry spells without writing much at all, and then suddenly, furiously, in a moment of self-torture, I will chain myself to my […]

Make a note of it

Monday, 26 September, 2011

While combing through the writing section on a few weeks ago, I came across a writer who lamented that his inspiration seemed to come at ridiculously inconvenient times.