Blog: Beanstalk Ink

The childhood story, Jack and the Beanstalk, is a brilliant parable for creative people. The world often devalues creativitythinking it useless—casting its seeds away to be trampled in the soil of practicality. But we know if we tend and water those seeds they can grow into something beautiful. I hope this blog will entertain and encourage youwhether you are a reader or a writerto climb your own beanstalk, slay your giants and reach for the heights.

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Resistance is Futile!

Resistance is Futile!

Resistance to writing is the psychological force that pushes back against us when we try to create. In the realm of physics, resistance reduces to the ability of a wire to conduct electricity. The larger the resistance, the less electricity passes. In the same way, resistance to writing holds back the creative flow. 

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How to Keep Wagging Your Tail During a Pandemic

How to Keep Wagging Your Tail During a Pandemic

One of the most encouraging and helpful voices emerging on social media last year, was Pluto, a miniature schnauzer who has been ‘breaking the internets’ with her wisdom and humour in these tough pandemic times. In honour of Pluto and the other dogs and cats encouraging us humans for the past year and a half, I decided to invite my dog, Nikita-the-ShiChi, to guest blog today :).

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Should the pandemic shape the settings of our novels?

Should the pandemic shape the settings of our novels?

One of the dilemmas authors face if we write contemporary fiction or begin our speculative stories in a present-day setting, is whether or not we should refer to the Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve written one young adult (YA) novel and I’m currently developing  a contemporary, amateur sleuth mystery series. My problem is that both stories begin in the ‘present day’. Do I acknowledge the pandemic, or not?

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When Characters Have a Life of their Own

When Characters Have a Life of their Own

Have you ever felt as if your characters have taken over your story? In one of my works in progress (yes, I have two, or is it three?) my characters keep taking over the narrative. I want the tale to go in a certain direction and voila I wake up the next day and the...

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