Productive Procrastination for Writers

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

​Resisting the Lure of a Shiny New Story by ALEXIA ADAMS

by Alexia Adams A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories (17 since 2014) that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without...

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Putting Your Character on the Couch—A therapist's tool for character development by EILEEN COOK

My past work as a counselor has given me unique tools to approach character development. I hope to share how you can put your characters on the couch and examine their motivations in order to make their future actions more believable for your readers. Plus- didn’t everyone want to be Freud at...

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Celebrating with author LIS JAKOBSEN winner of the Alice Munro Short Story Contest

Here at the Creative Academy we love a happy story so imagine how we felt when we heard this from Creative Academy member Lis Jakobsen! "My writing had gone fallow. I wasn’t up to thinking about writing, let alone actually doing it. Then I saw a resource mentioned by The Creative Academy. The...

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Author GLENNA MAGEAU on Writing + Life

Meet Glenna... Glenna Mageau is a multi-award winning author, speaker and coach. She writes page-turning suspense/thrillers and heart-connecting nonfiction. Her passion is to empower and inspire women to overcome the hurdles holding them back and to embrace their gifts and talents. Her goal...

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Tips for writing good story endings by SUZANNE LIEURANCE

by Suzanne Lieurance Suzanne Lieurance is an author, freelance writer, writing coach, speaker and workshop presenter. She is a former classroom teacher and was an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature for over 8 years. Lieurance has written over 30 published books and her...

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Celebrating with author CC HUMPHREYS as he launches Chasing the Wind

We're all excited as Creative Academy Member CC Humphreys has a book launch coming up for his new novel CHASING THE WIND If you're keen to celebrate with him the details are below Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT) The Wolf & Hound3617 West BroadwayVancouver, BC V6R...

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Author JASON LEE on Writing + Life

Meet Jason... Jason Lee has enjoyed writing ever since he was growing up in North Burnaby. He used to write stories and plays for the class and somewhere along the way, he left his love of writing behind. He restored his passion after some life transitions and shared his story in his...

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​The Writer as Dreamer and Realist by SUSAN FOX

by Susan Fox International bestselling author Susan Fox (who has also written as Susan Lyons and Savanna Fox) writes “emotionally compelling, sexy contemporary romance” (Publishers Weekly). She has 34 novels and novellas to her credit, most of them published by Kensington. Her books have won...

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Writing When You Don’t Feel Like It - Ten Tips to Finding Inspiration by EILEEN COOK

Some days the writing comes easy. The words spill onto the page as fast as you can get them down. Ideas drop out of the sky and every direction you turn unearths new inspiration. Those are good days. Then there are the other days. Days when you’re pretty sure that your muse hates you, that...

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How to guarantee your book will be an Amazon bestseller by DONNA BARKER

he 7-second answer: Pay $10,000 to a coach who defines “bestseller” as hitting #1 on Amazon.com’s FREE Kindle list in a sub-sub-sub-sub category for even 1 hour on a day it’s being heavily promoted. Last May I received an email from a writing coach who gushed that she'd just helped 10 new...

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