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Goals, Wishes, and Cold – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we’re experiencing a stretch of cold days that hasn’t been seen since the 1970’s. How cold is it? Earlier this week I referred to Tuesday’s high temperature of 7f as a “warm day.&#...

Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

[Call for Entries: The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition | Deadline Dec. 15] Photo by Ryan Graybill on Unsplash by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most ...

Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

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Transitioning from flash fiction/short stories to novels?

Terry is right on. Overwrite is as much a problem in novels as it is in short stories as it is in poetry, resumes, and everything else. Just because a novel has no official upper end on word count doesn’t mean you get carte blan...

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Helsing (Vampire Mystery)

Hasn’t had much proof reading, and has a lot of issues. Plus my grammar is horrible. Should I make a second chapter? HelsingThe smell of death was still ripe in the air. Not that I wasn’t used to it. With the nature of my work this ...

What Happens Now That The College Strike is Over?

The college strike is over. After more than a month without classes, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has pushed through back-to-work legislation. That means the 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians, who had been ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating the holiday today or this weekend.  I hope that it is the best Thanksgiving ever! I’ll be celebrating with my family in Connecticut. One of our traditions that goes back for 30+ ...

6 Tips for Writing a Great Police Procedural

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Carrie Smith There’s usually at least one confession in a police procedural, so let me start this column with mine. I’m not a police officer, and I...

A Former SickKids Nurse Recruiter Tells You How to Get Hired at a Level One Hospital

If you want to be a nurse, here’s what you’ll need to impress a Level One Hospital nurse recruiter. Sadaf Aslam has hired nurses from around the world. While working in Abu Dhabi, she hired dozens of world-renowned nurse talent from Aus...

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Returned from the wilds…

We finally got power back yesterday, the 13th of November, 55 days after hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico. We still have no running water and remain dependent on collected rainwater, which is thankfully plentiful right now. We have a fil...

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