WIP Wednesday is Pinspired

At first, I resisted the urge to sign up for Pinterest. I’m already on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and any other number of social networking sites.

But – I kind of already “pin” stuff anyway.

I makes inspiration boards for my stories, either in Photoshop or on a real life corkboard (I know!). It’s a great way for a visual person like me to get inspired, to become more fully immersed in story I’m creating.

It’s no secret that music plays a big part in my writing routine (just like having the ‘right’ pen or setting up in my writing nook), but photos, textures, drawings, clothing, faces, landscapes – all of these add layers and make it easier to truly imagine the place I am creating once I close my eyes.

So, among the fashion finds, decadent recipes, and crafty tutorials, I’ve also started a board for my latest WIP, tentatively titled “Dead Of Night”. Feel free to check it out and follow my board as I continue to add to it throughout the month as I work on it as part of my #write1sub1 goal.

If you’re not on Pinterest and want an invite, let me know and I’ll shoot you one!

So, do you use inspiration boards at all in your life? How? Have a cool one to share? Post it in the comments section!

I actually wrote some articles on how you can use inspiration boards in your writing: one for settings and one for characters. Check them out!


  • Been doing well in terms of subs for 2012 (5 so far), but those have all been resubs of pieces that have been rejected or that I started in 2011
  •  REALLY excited to work on this new story!
  •  still plugging away on my Na-novel from 2011 too

WIP Wednesday is Feeling Nostalgic

A delivery in my mailbox today brought a piece of my childhood back to me.

I’ve mentioned before that my grandmother, Bernadette Rajotte, was also an author.

She wrote many short stories, a number of them appearing in various Canadian school textbooks and children’s magazines, and I recently found a used copy of one of the books online.

Just seeing the cover was like stepping back in time. I remember the illustrations of her story (The Moonlight Dance of the Whooping Cranes) so vividly that it was such a treat to open the book and see her story after all these years.

While I obviously write in a very different style and on very different subject matter than my Grandma, I know that I adopted my love of writing from her, so getting this book and adding it to my collection has me over the moon.

It also has me inspired to get going on the 2nd month of Write1Sub1. It is no surprise that I am way…waaaaay behind on my self-imposed schedule of ALL THE STORIES but as long as I am actually actively writing, I can’t complain or feel guilty about it. All I can do is vow to do better.