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Posts tagged with “writing”

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 […]

Sympathy for the writer

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Think life’s hard as a writer? Ha! Think again. Back in the day, Billy Shakespeare wrote with a feather. A freakin’ feather! He had a jar of ink, perhaps, that he would dip into every few words, and then carefully and meticulously scrawl away. An average day probably went something like this: (dips ink) To […]

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 […]

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 […]

Storytelling, the longhand way

Thursday, 10 November, 2011

I’m now more than 12,000 words into my latest Nanowrimo journey. This is my fifth kick at the 50,000-words-in-30-days can. I’ve been successful twice, and failed miserably twice. But more so, this is my fourth time doing it longhand. With pen on paper. The old Shakespearean way, with ink stains everywhere, all over my hands, 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.

Works in Progress

Thursday, 1 September, 2011

It goes that I am a writer, and so, it follows that I must have a collection of manuscripts, half-finished short stories, several bad poems written on beer-stained napkins and numerous ideas running around in my head like little kids. As any writer knows, ideas come into fruition on the page. And then, at that […]