Dear self…

Rachelle asks, what do wish someone had told you when you began considering a writing career?

How about this: Do not take a communications job at a government agency thinking you’ll write the next great Canadian novel on the side, because the government job will make your brains turn to goo and start glopping out your ears whenever you accidentally tip your head. And that’s not good for anyone.

Hmmm… too bitter? Maybe this instead:

Your poem that just won the school contest and is going to get printed in the yearbook? Don’t show ANYONE. In ten years, you will be horrified by this poem.


Do not pursue novel ideas that involve a mysterious and all powerful druid, talking trees, or weeping and pregnant teenage girls about to shift dimensions.

Well, okay, maybe that last one. But definitely not the first two.

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