Quotations From a Writing Workshop

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This fall I took an eight week workshop with Anosh Irani given by the Quebec Writers Federation. It was an inspiring course with lots of creative participants.

Maybe it was a case of when the student is ready the teacher will appear.

Whatever it was, here are some insights from the workshop:


Keep digging for the truth.

Truth is disturbing. The writer’s job is only to look at the truth.

Dialogue must reveal some truth about the character.

Autobiography has to do with fact; fiction has to do with truth.


Art is meant to inspire and energize. It’s like a blood transfusion.

Create memorable characters with very few strokes.


You are writing because you have a story to tell.

Write to define the chaos.

You don’t  know what you want to say until you write it.

If you have nothing to say but something to discover, write.


 You have to put your soul on the pages.

The writer learns to disappear.

Learn to approach your writing with playfulness.

A great idea gets lost if you think about it too much.

Don’t doubt the process because that’s when the magic is gone.


The main character’s desire keeps increasing and it keeps out of reach.

As long as your writing reveals character,  showing or telling doesn’t matter.

Character is action. We are defined by what we do. Is first person harder than third person? It’s all excruciating.

The opening must give us something of the character. It sets the tone.


A good ending has a sense of continuity. The story continues to live and breathe.


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Roni Loren’s Writing Tips

Because my blog is basically about writing I am  interested in blogs that help writers. You might have seen my post on Jonas Journey where you can download his amazing photos (with attribution, of course). We all know that  a post with photo adds pizzazz.

So onward to another blog. Well, this is technically not a blog but a menu on Roni Loren’s website. It used to be a blog about writing which she wrote for almost three years. 

10100106-22767230-thumbnail Now, she’s put it all together, very  well-organized under the menu heading For Writers.

Okay, anybody who is in the IN on erotic romance writing probably is familiar with Roni Loren. You’ve probably all been on her blog and web site and read her romance novels.

Not a romance writer? No problem. Her website offers comprehensive tips on any genre of writing. To prove my point go read her post on the literary versus genre debate.

Another thing I like about her is her clear advice on a variety of topics: voice, hooking the reader,  writing love scenes, editing,  selling and publishing your novel, building a platform, guest blogging  and so very much more.

Check it out: You might want to  hang out with her for a while.  I’ve read quite a few of her posts and when I feel I lack motivation I go back to her website. Somehow, there’s always something there to jump-start my writing.

Thanks, Roni.