When Should You Start a New Chapter?

When composing chapters for a book, try to contain scenes within chapters, similar to scenes in plays. As long as the scenes are related to a single block of action or topic, keep them within the same chapter. If a change or transformation is involved, by all means, start a new chapter. Another way to…

The Music of Writing

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make. ~ Truman Capote, Truman Capote: Conversations The best writing has a certain musicality to it so that it flows smoothly from one word to the next, one sentence, paragraph, and chapter to another. It’s not just the…

Snow days and starting to write a story

There is one really good thing about winter storms and snow days–they’re great for hunkering down to write! That’s exactly what happened this past Wednesday, when winds of 90kph or more and 15+ cm of snow kept islanders home. That was also exactly one day after my two short story writing classes and I’m happy…

On Teaching Writing

We’re just over a week into the new year and what a busy week it was! My two short story writing classes began and I only hope my students are enjoying it as much as I am. One of my students asked if I planned to read and comment on everything they submit. I can’t…

Communication Pool

Improving your communication one example at a time. A few weeks ago, I posted this actual text from a company memo. I HAVE RECIEVED QUITE A FEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT CUSTOMERS BEING STALLED AT THE SPEAKER! THERE SHOULD BE NO “WAIT A MOMENT” AT THE SPEAKER, YOU HAVE A ORDER TAKER AND THAT’S IS THERE FIRST PRIORITY!…