The Open Day Writing Competition – Panel of Judges

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The Open Day Competition is looking for good writing, and an exciting voice…a born storyteller who can engage the reader from page one and build on that in the pages that follow. The 'hook' of the opening chapter is vital in today's competitive market, especially if a writer is focusing on digital publishing. An appealing synopsis is also more important than ever, especially when browsing on the Internet. Besides being the official presentation of your book, it is one of the most valuable … [Read more...]

Fright for your Write: Part 2 (The Horror Element)

By Craig Dilouie We're starting with the fun stuff: the horror element. Make people face the fantastic with high stakes, and you've got the setup for a thriller. Make the fantastic horrifying, and you've got horror. Make the horror impose a constant threat of death, and you've got survival horror. Make the element a ghost, demon, etc., and you've got supernatural horror. Make the horrifying element a global threat, and you've got apocalyptic horror. Make the horror something that's largely … [Read more...]

Fright for your Write: Part 1 (Why Do We Read/Write Horror?)

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By Craig Dilouie I recently had the opportunity to give a presentation at the When Words Collide writers' conference in Calgary, Alberta. The topic? How to scare people with words. Specifically, how to write a horror novel. When I tell people I write horror, I sometimes get a funny look. See, horror writers are the serial killers of the fiction world. People say, "He's such a nice, mild-mannered guy. I lived next to him for years. I never suspected he wrote horror." Why do I write … [Read more...]

Louise Penny on Silencing the Writer’s Inner Critic

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By Jennifer Shenouda For some, what begins as a case of writer’s block can quickly evolve into full-on writer’s paralysis, the inability to move forward with a project due to an author’s crippling self-doubt. Perhaps it’s a misguided form of self-protection to imagine the worst possible reaction to one’s work before it happens—if only to lessen the blow of not getting it right the first time (or second, or third, or fourth). Nevertheless, it is a feeling all too common for authors; an … [Read more...]

Every Word I Write Is Genius and Other Things I Was Wrong About

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By Shayna Krishnasamy I write long. It’s what I do. My sentences aren’t tight. The meander and go off topic and then veer back. I can make a sentence go on for a whole page. I overuse commas. I love asides and parentheses and em dashes. When I’m writing a first draft, or even a second, I can get a little out of control. And then I have to take out the red pen. That’s when the agony begins. A big part of being a writer has nothing to do with writing. No, I’m not talking about marketing … [Read more...]

Kevin J. Anderson visits Kobo HQ!

Kevin J. Anderson sat down for a chat with KWL Director Mark Lefebvre at the Kobo office

Award-winning and #1 international bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson was in Toronto last week and stopped by to visit the Kobo head office. Kevin is the author of more than 125 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers. In addition to this, as the publishers of WordFire Press, Kevin and his wife Rebecca Moesta have released more than a hundred eBooks from over 25 authors. He also hosts the annual Superstars Writing Seminars, which teaches writers the … [Read more...]

Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 021 with Diane Capri

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In the latest episode of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast, we welcome NYT and USA Today bestselling author Diane Capri. KWL Content Manager Christina Potter and US Manager Christine Munroe speak with Diane - who offered jokingly to change her name to Christine for the purposes of this episode - about her daily writing life, the benefits of collaboration and mentorship, strategies for selling well on Kobo, and more. Tune in to hear about: The value of being part of writing organizations. … [Read more...]

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