Lovely, lovely, Labour Day

Ah, the September long weekend—here at last! I often think of this as the last long weekend of the year, really. Sure, there’s Thanksgiving, but given that it’s usually already pretty cold by that point we don’t really get the chance to enjoy it. And of course, you’re inevitably inundated with family visits and cooking like a fiend.

But the September long weekend, that’s just for you—a time to relax and have a few days to yourself to catch up on things around the house or just to take some time to yourself  to do what you love best.

So it’s probably no surprise to most of you that I plan on doing a bit of writing this weekend. Now, I’m not going to be venturing into the madness that is the 3-Day Novel Contest I talked about last week, but I am going to try and make a dent in some new projects.

If you’re using the Labour Day weekend to get ahead on your writing projects but aren’t sure where to start, here are some great tips I found to get you rolling.

Writing at the speed of light!

A couple of weeks ago I talked about writer’s block and how to snap yourself out of a summer funk and start getting creative again. Well how about jump-starting your writing for the fall? That’s the idea behind the 3-Day Novel Contest. 

That’s right, the title says it all: you have 72 hours to write a complete masterpiece!

You have three days to write an entire novel, writing only the outline in advance, and before you ask, it’s based on the honour system (or extremely annoying family members who will crack down on you hard).

I know a few people who’ve done this (and they even did a reality television show in Edmonton a few years ago), and I’ll be honest—their war stories were excruciating. The endless hours spent listening to the buzz of the computer monitor, the coffee shakes, and the inevitable bouts of insanity that come with depriving yourself of sleep and contact with the outside world!

I don’t know if I have it in me to do it, but maybe someday I’ll give this a try just to be able to say that I did it once!  If any of my readers out there are brave enough to embark on the 3-Day Novel adventure this year, good luck!

The lazy days of summer

The race to enjoy the last vestiges of summer is on. With each passing day, the sun is inching ever closer to the horizon earlier and earlier. It’s one of the things I love about living out here, those long summer evenings that just seem to go on forever. But I have to say that as a writer, summers can be murder for my creativity.

And with the heat waves that have been hitting everyone across the country this year, it’s a wonder anyone’s able to write anything at all! Sure, air conditioning can help—but in all honesty, the gorgeous weather sometimes is just far too distracting. There are just so many other things I’d rather be doing than hunkering down at the computer or with my notepad on a gorgeous day.  Who wouldn’t want to spend this time sipping lemonade on the porch with a good book?

But I read a great piece recently that helped me break through this ‘summer writer’s block’. I thought I’d share it with you all in the hopes that it might inspire other writers out there to get back to it! Enjoy it!

And while you’re waiting for that creative bug to bite, don’t forget that my newest release, Evil in the Peace River, makes excellent lemonade-sipping fare!