Productive Procrastination for Writers

A slippery slope of knowledge and musings to tickle your fancy between writing sprints!

In Defence of Unlikeable Characters by EILEEN COOK

It’s a well-known writing tip — your main character should be likeable. Readers enjoy being able to identify with a character and to cheer her on toward her goal. And this is good advice for many protagonists. But what do you do if you like to write complicated, messy, often seriously flawed...

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How to Embrace Critical Reviews by DONNA BARKER

So, I’ve been a professional writer for almost thirty years and over these decades I’ve had my goodly share of hard-to-hear comments and reviews about the words I’ve written. Handing copy over to a client comes with a special kind of feeling since, if I didn’t give them what they expected —...

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Author SYLVIE GRAYSON on Writing + Life

Meet Sylvie... Author of many contemporary romantic suspense novels, and the sci fi/fantasy series, THE LAST WAR, Sylvie Grayson loves to write about suspense, romance and murder, all about strong women who meet with dangerous odds, stories of tension and attraction. She has lived...

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Finding Your Lost Picasso by KIM KLEIN

by Kim Klein Kim is a gifted Coach-Practitioner working with women to accept and celebrate their imperfections so that they can then move on to live healthy and happier lives. There will always be people who think that to be a genuine artist you need to have an MFA, or to be an actor or a...

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Chatting with Literary Agent Barbara Poelle

We're excited to welcome literary agent Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Agency to the Creative Academy. Barbara has over ten years of experience as a literary agent working to build the careers of a range of writers in different genres. She's the author of the Writer's Digest column "Funny...

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Author KATHLEEN LAWLESS on Writing + Life

Meet Kathleen... Kathleen Lawless’s earliest memories are of wanting to be a writer. To create stories that would touch the lives of others who love to read the way she does. “I’m working on my 24th novel and it’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including ebooks and...

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How Becoming a Writer Helped Me Grow Up by Sharon E. Anderson

by Sharon E. Anderson Sharon Anderson writes paranormal romantic comedy novels, short stories, and non-fiction articles. Her short story, Stone God’s Wife won first place in a regional contest, and she’s been published in the online magazine, ParentMap.com. She lives in Skagit Valley with her...

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Celebrating with author Ken Johns for his book release Lost In Time

Is there anything better than seeing all your hard work pay off? Nope. Let's all raise a glass today in celebration with Creative Academy member Ken Johns for the release of his new book. About the book: One Family’s tourist experience is about to get a whole lot more authentic…For their...

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Author KAY GREGORY on Writing + Life

Kay grew up in England and moved to Canada with her parents as a teenager. Shortly after arriving in B.C. she met her husband, then serving in the Canadian navy, in the unromantic setting of a dog club banquet. Following marriage, she and her husband lived in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay before...

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A Horrible Warning to Young(er) Writers by JEANETTE HUBBARD

by Jeanette Hubbard Jeanette Hubbard was brought up in Iowa to be a very good girl. Then she moved to Portland, Oregon, the city that prides itself on weird. She has utilized her degree in English from the University of Iowa in a variety of jobs, including driving a school bus, selling car...

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