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Posts tagged with “inspiration”


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 […]

Here’s to the screenwriters who started it all

Tuesday, 24 January, 2012

Everything out there begins with a seed. Trees in the forest. The chicken on your plate – chicken-and-egg debate notwithstanding. And in particular, movies. Movies begin with a little nugget in some writer’s mind. The writer sits stooped over his umpteenth pint in the pub, engaged in banter with his neighbourly barfly or bartender at […]

Giving birth to book and baby

Monday, 12 December, 2011

NaNoWriMo is now done and over with for another year. Thousands of people the world over are rejoicing over their successful advent to the magic number of 50,000 words in the month of November, and thousands more are drowning their failures in a bottle of cheap wine with their writer friends. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Keith MacKenzie

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.