Free Writing Workshops for Kids in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Exploring Fiction Genres

fiction genres for young writers

I’ve been hard at work completing the latest draft of my novel, so it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Now that we’re back to school, I’m back to work and happy to be here in this space again! One of the key elements of great writing is understanding the genre you are writing in. My own novel started out as one genre (Chick Lit) and then evolved into an Urban Superhero Fantasy! Each genre has a specific style and certain characteristics that readers can easily identify, and so I had to go back and do some serious rewrites so I could give readers what they were expecting. Now my novel is an Urban Fantasy with a nod to Chick Lit. Frequently, writers combine genres to add unique elements to their work, and to challenge reader’s expectations. Today we’re exploring fiction genres, and we’ll start with the very basics that we’re most familiar with.

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How to Start Writing Every Day

start a daily writing practice

Writers know that the only way to keep the ideas flowing is to write every day. Does this sound exhausting to you? There are days when I’m not sure just how I can squeeze any more writing in, but the truth is, you’re probably writing every day and don’t even realize it! Consider the notes you take in class, the messages you send to friends, any time you write in a journal, or make a list. These little moments of writing may not be shining examples of our creative writing skills, but with a little imagination you can make even the most simple writing a fun way to keep from getting rusty. Here are some ideas about how to start writing every day.

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January Writing Prompts

Happy New Year one and all! I hope you’re sinking in to 2017 with the same satisfying sense of purpose that I’ve managed to find as I plan my work and writing for the year. It’s the perfect time to start your daily writing practice, and I hope our January writing prompts get you inspired. Read More

10 Great Sources for Story Ideas

10 Great Sources for Story Ideas

We’ve all been there, we’ve got to write something, but we have no idea what to write about. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I sit down to write, and it’s the easiest thing in the world. Other times my brain is so tired, or freaked out by the task of writing that it feels like there’s nothing going on in there. For any of those moments where you feel that nasty writer’s block, here are 10 great sources for story ideas. Read More