Off volunteering

volunteer

I'm away from my blog for a week as I'm off on a full-time volunteering gig. I'm the debate coach at my local high school and I'm running a debate camp for teenagers for the next five days. Happy Canada Day (July 1) to my Canadian compatriots and happy Fourth of July to my American friends! Please watch for my next column on Tuesday, July 4.  ... Read More

Recommended books: Summer 2017

recommended books

Reading time: About 4 minutes Looking for some recommended books in time for summer reading? Here’s my semi-annual roundup of books I’ve read this year.   I aim to read 52 books every 12 months and my habit is to post a complete list of the names of them for you, in June and December. Here is a description of the 27 books I’ve enjoyed so far this year. Yes, I really do read more th... Read More

Why you should hire a translator

Derek Sivers

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post written by Derek Sivers.... I can't remember how I learned about Derek Sivers (pictured above), but it wasn't from his fame as founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store ... Read More

How can I organize my research? [video]

organize research

Viewing time: 4 minutes and 16 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on how graduate students can better organize their research. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to ... Read More

The figurative language of Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy
Credit: SIGRID ESTRADA

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about two similes and a metaphor from novelist Barbara Gowdy... I had heard the name of Canadian novelist and short story writer Barbara Gowdy for many years. But I'd never managed to read any of her much-lauded books. Recently, however, my husband brought home ... Read More

What does ‘interstices’ mean?

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: interstices... Some authors use unusual words multiple times in a single book. No reader is surprised to see words like "it" or "that" or "was" a multitude of times. But try one "limerance," "ogival," or "procrustean," and the re... Read More

Do you have a broken writing process?

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Are you still editing WHILE you write? This broken writing process is only slowing you down, as a clever little app can help demonstrate to you…. I spend a good chunk of my life trying to persuade people to stop editing while they write. I do this because I know the horrible, soul-destroying, disruptive habit made me an uncomfortable writer for more than 3... Read More

Writing (and living) advice from Anne Lamott…

Anne Lamott

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a TED talk delivered by Anne Lamott.... I've been a fan of Anne Lamott for more than 20 years — since I first read her life-changing book Bird By Bird, which — contrary to appearances — is not ab... Read More

How to deal with a creative dry spell [video]

creative dry spells

Viewing time: 3 minutes and 52 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on dealing with a creative dry spell. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Question, the... Read More

The figurative language of Helen Ellis….

Helen Ellis

Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of very funny images from Helen Ellis.... I read the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and it inspired me to clean and organize my earring collection. But not much else. I have neither the time, nor the inclination to ask every ite... Read More