Advice for Writers

You’re looking for something to help or you wouldn’t be reading this. There is a lot of information out there and it’s difficult to see through the fog of it. I’ve been writing for a long time. Impetus came early to me — I’m in my 60’s now. I’ve learned that simple fixes aren’t valuable, and huge changes in methodology are intimidating. If you read through this I guarantee you’ll feel better about your writing and you’ll have some solid steps in mind that will help you go forward.

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For a couple of days in early summer — just before they drop their seed, the prairie grass will celebrate by donning a purple coat to sway in the breeze — and you’ll be reminded to return near sunset, the golden hour, when the air will be cool and the light will be perfect for looking at tall grass, poplars and cottonwoods. Today, there is opportunity to get the dog out and spend some time enjoying the heat. …


They’ll come up the old coach road and climb the hill — he’ll be able to hear them when they’re a couple of miles away…

John Jeffrey Allison is on his back in a field. He is looking up through tall alfalfa and pondering the play of a kaleidoscope of butterflies dancing in still air over his chest. They have been there since he opened his eyes five minutes ago. The sweet scent of the field reminds him of boyhood spent in places just like this, and calm mornings near the home he grew up in — playing alone with his imagination.

He lifts his arms, stretching them fully upward and splays out his fingers. They move with his command and they allow flashes of…


It’s difficult to know how to present this. I have a wealth of past thoughts and a lot of typing accumulated over months — even years. I’ll just start and see what comes out. In chronological order, this is how these thoughts have come to be at the forefront of my mind.

This light came on in early spring of 2015, just after I’d begun a new job at a retail shop in Calgary. One of the terms I use to describe content of the store is gentlemanly badassery. We’re about self care, self respect, respect for others. Razors, straight…


Catalogue

The descriptions are never too long. Just enough to give a rough outline of the folks she sees, to make them feel real — and then the best part — to give them some kind of good — some happiness or hope or contentment.

I get out of bed, there is a whole day ahead. I have to make breakfast and lunch for Jeanie. I get all the school stuff ready — make it easy for mom too. She has to get through the day — she won’t be up till later, but that don’t matter anyway. I’ll make…

Douglas McCormick

Freelance writer, vocal talent. Live — think — write — repeat. www.dougmccormick.ca

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