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Eileen Bell

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Eileen Bell has has had fiction and creative nonfiction published in On Spec Magazine, and on CBC's Alberta Anthology. She’s won a handful of Aurora awards for her work in Women of the Apocalypse and Bourbon and Eggnog.

Her debut paranormal mystery novel, Seeing the Light, is the first in the Marie Jenner Mystery series. It won the BPAA Best Speculative Fiction Book of the year, and was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Mystery Award for Light Fiction. (Under the pen name E.C.Bell.) The second book in the series, Drowning in Amber is available, and she's hard at work on the third.

When she’s not writing, she’s living a fine life in her round house (even if it is in a perpetual state of renovation) with her husband and two dogs.


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Eileen Bell Always remember, you aren't as good as you think you are. Take writing courses, from authors you respect, if possible, and really take to heart what t…moreAlways remember, you aren't as good as you think you are. Take writing courses, from authors you respect, if possible, and really take to heart what they tell you. Even if it hurst. (Especially if it hurts!)

The first draft of any story is just that--a first draft. You'll need to rewrite. That is a given. So, learn to love that part of the job, too.

Every story can stand losing at least ten percent of its words, so don't fall in love with any of them. Be willing to cut to the bone. Then, the story will shine through. The story's the thing, after all.

Oh, and keep writing, even if it's only for yourself. Eventually, you WILL be as good as you think you are now.(less)
Eileen Bell Writer's block. This is a nasty bit of business, and to those lucky writers who never block up--yes, it really can happen! This can happen to me when …moreWriter's block. This is a nasty bit of business, and to those lucky writers who never block up--yes, it really can happen! This can happen to me when I don't write every day (or as close to every day as I can.) And sometimes I need to use my equivalent to dynamite to get the words going again. My favourite tool is The Writer's Way by Julia Cameron. Generally, this workbook was written for beginning writers, but some of the exercises are excellent--and going through the book gets me back into writing mode.
When I'm just a bit blocked, I edit an older work. Something that hasn't been published yet. Gets me back into writing mode, so I can write new words.
However, when my writing is going well, but suddenly the story stops... I look for a problem in the story. If I try to make a character do something they wouldn't do, just to push forward the plot, I usually hit a wall. So, I have to go back, and figure out how the character WOULD act and react in that situation. Then, I can write again. (less)
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