Spotlight Tools for Writers

The Clues to a Great Story

So I’m writing a novel. It only took me the first 52 years to make good on the promise I made myself when I was 7 (okay, so technically 45 after that, but who’s counting?), but I’m doing it, and I’m loving it. Along the way, I’ve been gathering the wisdom of elders. The nice thing about the internet is that it makes this really easy to do, picking up advice here, a tool there.

I’m about half way through my journey now, and found that while I still had the fire burning in my belly, more than when I started, I was finding it tougher to know how to move forward in a meaningful way. So I went back to the toolbox I’d been tossing things into on Pinterest, and found a few things to help me get back to the business of falling in love with the story all over again.

One of the things that was really helpful was Andrew Stanton’s TED Talk, and the simple pictogram that accompanied it: “The Clues to a Great Story”.

Click through to add them to your own toolkit …

Spotlight Stories

Graphic Novelist, Scott Chantler

I had the chance to meet and chat with graphic novelist, Scott Chantler, about writing, publishing and editing last night at the central Library. Scott is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, and the first cartoonist to receive this appointment from a Canadian university. His novel TWO GENERALS was nominated for two Eisner Awards,Continue Reading “Graphic Novelist, Scott Chantler”

Art Stories

Writing on handmade paper with a dip-ink quill.

This is the treaty that I transcribed at today’s “Treaty Canoe” event at the Art Gallery of Windsor. I took over transcribing a Muncey treaty started by another participant. She had done such a lovely job of working with the dip-pen in ink. I’m afraid I made a blotchy, horrible mess. You know you areContinue Reading “Writing on handmade paper with a dip-ink quill.”