Blog by Toby Welch

A Writer on Book Reviews

December 29th, 2019

Kimmy Beach, the author of five books, most recently The Last Temptation of Bond, shares her thoughts on book reviews, both giving them and being on the receiving end of a review, “I truly do believe that it’s possible to be supportive in this industry, and to bolster one another rather than snarling one another into a corner. Yes, some books aren’t excellent, but to me, it’s as simple as thi ...

Increase Your Chances of Getting Your Plays Produced

December 22nd, 2019

For all you playwrights out there, doing a little extra might be what you need to ensure you see your words come to life on the stage one day. Make some of these options a part of your Get My Play Produced repertoire:

- Read and attend plays.

- Join playwriting organizations.

- Make connections in your local theatre company or playwright organization.

- Attend workshops.

- Enter playwrit ...

Penning a Book Series

December 15th, 2019

Aaron A. Lehman is the author of the Dog Island book series. He shares his book series journey, “My first book, Mystery on Dog Island, was the result of a course from Institute of Children’s Literature, a work that took over five years. While writing the end of this book, I realized my story still had some life, so I finished it in a way that I could write Return to Dog Island. I then started ...

Avoid Negative Motivators

December 8th, 2019

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This is a short post but it is a vital one.
It is essential that you do not focus on the crap in your life when writing.
While there are many motivations for writing, there are many negative motivators, things that work against your writing. Looking at the stack of bills that you need to pay with your writing will not inspire you. Dwelling on the latest reje ...

More Writers Advice to Their Newbie Writing Self

December 1st, 2019

Jock Mackenzie, the President of Red Deer Writers’ Ink, has published a teacher reference book on essay writing and not published a crime novel, Dealing with Dymans. He shares what he would tell himself when he was just starting on his writing journey, if he could go back in time. 

“Dear Jock,

Hang on! You are about to embark on a satisfying, challenging, humbling, frustrating, edifying, in ...