Fiction is Good For You

October 3, 2011

I teach a course called How to Read Like a Writer, and one of the first things I bring up in the class is that whether or not you’re a writer, if you learn to read like one you’ll enrich your reading experience. I compare this to art: I know nothing about the visual arts […]

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How To Be a Better Writer

July 29, 2011

In Report on Business today, there’s a review of . I blog on “all things literary” so perhaps you’re surprised I’d comment here on a book published by Harvard Business Review Press. But I’ve added this book to my very long to-read list because I think the creativity of great business minds has relevance to […]

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Use Your Guilty Self to Meet Writing Goals

January 5, 2011

So there we were enjoying a December lunch in one of my city’s best brewpubs when I mentioned I’d spent the morning the same way I begin all Saturdays—and many other days of the week, if you must know—sitting in bed with a mug of French Roast and the newspaper. “I couldn’t do that,” Wanda […]

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What Makes a Ghost Story a Great Read?

October 27, 2010

What makes a ghost story a great read? Here are five elements a great psychological ghost story must

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Your Story: Love It or Leave It?

October 19, 2010

Writer’s block getting you down? Can’t decide whether to give up on your story idea or stick with it? Read this.

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Characters Loom Large Behind a Veil of Smoke

August 24, 2010

Last week, my husband and I drove through the interior of British Columbia. There were over two hundred forest fires raging in my home province and we traveled awfully close to a lot of them. Along a fairly deserted highway, we saw thick smoke ahead. What was around the bend? I felt alarm, forgetting for […]

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Slow Reading For Dummies

July 21, 2010

Have you heard there’s Slow Reading now, similar in spirit to Slow Food? Like foodies fed up with greasy beef patties in buns manufactured a thousand miles away, serious readers are worried about what the Internet is doing to our reading habits. I like online news, Twitter and blogs (obviously), but I also think Slow […]

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