Canada Writes·Writing Tip

Caught up in the details? Stop overthinking, just write

The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open. To inspire and support you along the way, CBC Books is publishing a writing tip each week.
The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open until Feb. 29, 2020. (Photo by on Unsplash)

The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open for submissions. You can submit your original, unpublished writing up to 2,000 words for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have your work published on CBC Books. The deadline to enter is Feb. 29, 2020.

To inspire and support you along the way, we are publishing a writing tip each week on CBC Books. You can also subscribe to our writing tips newsletter for even more tips.

This week's tip is from Matthew Hague.

"Writing is not an abstract, mythical quest that requires divine intervention to get done. It's an innately human, every day, practical exercise that helps us explore the world around us and connect more deeply with one another. So don't wait for inspiration.

If you feel the urge to write, do it without thinking too hard about the consequences or the quality.- Matthew Hague

"If you feel the urge to write, do it without thinking too hard about the consequences or the quality. Worst case, no one reads it. Best case, your words will touch someone else and what could be better than that?"

Matthew Hague is a Toronto-based writer whose journalism has been published in the Globe and Mail, enRoute and Toronto Life. His mother was born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica, and his father grew up in Montreal. As a result, he never complains when the weather is either too hot or too cold, as both just feel like home. Too rainy, however, is another story. His story I've Been Out Walking made the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist.


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