Donna Janke Posts

“Kill your darlings” is a phrase familiar to most writers. The phrase is often attributed to Stephen King who said, “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks…

Creativity Tips

A cliché is described as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” Clichés are useful in that they convey emotion and character that…

Tips Writing Lessons

A few years ago I heard about the book the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I started looking for it in every book store I went to. I eventually…

Book Review

This past week I received a rejection email from a magazine for a short story I’d submitted six months ago. I’d forgotten I’d submitted it. Sometimes submissions never receive a…

Writing Lessons

Writers and readers festivals offer opportunities to discover new authors (new to you) and hear new works by old favourites. For the writer, the readings, discussions and workshops also offer…

Festivals Quotes