Category Archives: The Business of Writing

David Usher on How to Infuse Your Life with Creativity

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By Jennifer Shenouda You might recognize him as the soulful front man of the Montreal-based alternative-rock band Moist, but David Usher is also a master of reinvention. In his 20 + years in the public eye he’s been somewhat of a shape-shifter, a vocalist, songwriter, activist, author, entrepreneur and most recently keynote speaker on the subject of creativity. In his

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I Have a Big Anniversary Coming Up.

By Kate Hilton On May 7th, it will be exactly two years since I self-published The Hole in the Middle. I remember it vividly. I was excited and proud and absolutely terrified. Self-publishing took every bit of courage that I had, pushed me far beyond the limits of what was comfortable or familiar, and changed my life. Self-publishing was also

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GMC: The Swiss Army Knife of Writing Tools

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by Chris Mandeville One of the best things I ever did for my fiction writing was determine what my main character wants, why she wants it, and what’s in the way of her getting it. Figuring this out helped me know my character better (obviously), but also helped me to plot more effectively, build tougher villains, raise the stakes, and

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CALLING ALL ROMANCE AUTHORS!

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      Publishing giant Mills & Boon, high-street bookseller WHSmith, online eBook retailer Kobo along with the self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life have partnered up to the end of offering  the Romance Writing Life competition. The winning novelist will be awarded the grand prize of a publishing contract with  Mills & Boon, including both print and digital release. The book will be jointly promoted by Kobo, Mills & Boon and WHSmith. Second and third prize winners will be

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Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It

by Chris Mandeville Welcome to “Tools for Writers,” a new semi-regular feature of Kobo Writing Life. I begin this series by sharing a tool that can help in any stage of fiction writing. I’d like to say it’s my best-kept writing secret, but that would be a lie. The “secret” is a basic pattern found over centuries in narratives around the

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