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Dear Geist, What should a writer do when she can't get the perfect ending she planned? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, How does a young writer know what genre is the best one to work in? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, I must take issue with your advice to Tiana in Yarmouth, a writer who hopes to volunteer at a publishing company for a few months. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, How does a first-time novel writer know when it’s time to show their work to others for comment/critique? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is it a mistake to try to write when you really aren’t in the mood? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Yes or no: Do writers have to be proficient in spelling and grammar to be any good? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I’m trying to apply for fellowships (internships) for some magazines to get my foot in the door, but I have no idea how to write my cover letter for these applications! Do you know where I can find some examples of cover letters? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I belong to no writers’ groups or clubs or anything, and I’d like to find someone to do a first read of my finished novel to provide some advice. How can I find someone to read my book? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What is your advice on how to approach the problem of building a credible publishing record and avoiding the ridicule of being featured in a publication of questionable repute? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

When writing a short non-fiction story about someone, is it a bad idea to use the person’s real name? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

How important is it to set aside a completed draft, and for how long? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Can you recommend a really fast, really easy way to stay connected to the writing life when you just can’t carve out even an hour? My friend and I both have toddlers, jobs, partners and aging parents, and we are both writing novels. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What marketing tasks should a writer take on (or not), other than a social media presence, as you say in your post "Marketeers"? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Books and BC Distilled 2017

BC's craft distilling festival inspires me to find books about how and why we drink. Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

I’m wondering what your thoughts are about the role of facts in an essay, both historically and currently, and how much truth matters in an essay. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Who is responsible for marketing a book? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Am I going about writing the wrong way or am I just perverse? I finally got an arts grant to finish my collection, but I'm miserable. I don’t like most of what I write and I stare into space and feel lazy and guilty. Any advice? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Can you recommend a good dictionary and thesaurus? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Is the creative writing workshop a good way to learn to write? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Have you got any tips for a first-timer applying for an arts council writing grant? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

Am I stuck with the book editor my publisher assigned to me?

 
—Dennis G., Kelowna BC
 

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