Category Archive: Writing Advice

Aug 01

How to Write Young Adult Fantasy: More Story, Less Pretentiousness

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A little while ago I gave a talk at the offices of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for the Saskatchewan chapter of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (that’s their logo at left). This is more or less what I said. I didn’t start out as a writer. Like most writers, I started out as a reader. My parents …

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Oct 20

Great video about the best genre literary conference anywhere: When Words Collide

Here’s a great video about the best genre literary convention in North America and probably the world: Calgary’s When Words Collide. If you’re interested in writing, you owe it to yourself to get to When Words Collide. My “other” name (Edward Willett) gets mentioned about halfway through this video as an example of the kinds …

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Apr 18

In defence of escapism

Here’s my latest “Space-Time Continuum” column from Freelance, the newsletter of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild… Back at Weyburn Junior High I was once taken to task by a teacher for not remembering the name of the author of a book I liked. “If you don’t remember the author’s name,” he told me, “you’re just reading for escape.”  …

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Feb 14

Reality in fantasy

February March 2014 Freelance column

Every two months I write a column (as Edward Willett) for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild‘s magazine Freelance. Here’s the latest, on grounding your fantasy fiction in reality. *** When someone writes a hardboiled police procedural novel, we expect it to adhere to correct police procedures in the city in which it is set. When someone …

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