Cherie Dimaline's best writing advice? Don't throw anything out
Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves is being defended by Jully Black on Canada Reads 2018. The YA novel follows a group of Indigenous people from different backgrounds on the run as they are hunted for their marrow, which holds the ability to dream.
The debates, hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 26-29, 2018.
"Don't throw any of your writing away. This is something Lee Maracle said to me. I was working on my novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, and she was looking at it with me and said, 'Okay, this needs to come out' and I agreed. She said, 'When you take those pieces out, save them in a file on your computer. Don't throw them out because I guarantee you there's a reason you wrote them and they will come back out.' I have a collection of short stories called A Gentle Habit that came out after that based entirely on those tangents that were pulled out of The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy."
The Canada Reads 2018 contenders:
- Mozhdah Jamalzadah, defending The Boat People by Sharon Bala
- Tahmoh Penikett, defending American War by Omar El Akkad
- Greg Johnson, defending Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
- Jeanne Beker, defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
- Jully Black, defending The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Cherie Dimaline's comments have been edited and condensed.