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October 2022

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Write The Bestseller-kind-of-novel

The word “Bestseller” usually means selling a great number of books, starting at around 30-50 thousand copies. Certain bookstores report the sales to certain lists, and the book is listed as a bestseller. Many bookstores that sell many of an author’s books do not report to those lists.

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First Time Novelist Faux Pau

Those who venture into fiction writing often fall prey to certain avoidable, yet highly normal faux pau with their first book.

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How Synchronicity And Jung Appear In The Creative Process

I was editing a passage in my novel CONDUCT IN QUESTION, the first in THE OSGOODE TRILOGY. The villainous Florist was about to march down the stairs to kill the young man, Donnie, hiding in the cloakroom. The boy had soaked the stair carpet with gasoline and was about to set it on fire.

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Putting Off Writing That Novel Until The Kids Are Grown?

If you want to write a novel, but are putting it off until the kids are grown, I have two words for you: Don’t wait. It’s possible to raise a happy, healthy family and still follow your writing dream. And that’s true whether you’re single or married. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or work outside the house.

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The Art Of Travel And The Art Of Writing

In Alain de Botton’s engaging book, The Art of Travel, he distinguishes between the anticipation and recollection of travel versus the reality of actually traveling.

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How A City Can Be A Character In Your Novel

Can a city be a character in a book? Many years ago, in a writing class, I was told that I should try to make the setting, which was Toronto, my city of birth, a character in my book, Conduct in Question. I have puzzled over this piece of advice for many years and only now think I may have an answer as to its meaning.

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Write a Novel Out Of Your Dream

Everyone might have a dream, but what would you do when you get up in the morning? I’m sure almost everyone forgot about it as soon as they washed their face in a bathroom. What’s so important about your dream?

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A Different Way To Write Your First Novel

If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but found the traditional structured process too frightening or overwhelming, maybe your imagination works in a more organic fashion like mine. In that case, start with your main character and the idea the character gives you for the plot. Then close your eyes, grab your notebook or computer, and watch the main character. Sooner or later, she or he will begin talking and moving around. When that happens, start writing! I guarantee what you hear and see will thoroughly surprise and delight you.

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