Writing Tip

Want to take your writing to the next level? Go deep

Elaine McCluskey reminds writers to explore greater depths in their storytelling.

November is National Novel Writing Month! To help you along the way, CBC Books has compiled tips and tricks from writers from across Canada.

This tip is from Elaine McCluskey.

"At some point in a story, go one emotional level deeper, to the point where it almost hurts to write it. Do it by thinking about something powerful that happened to you. That truth can resonate."

Elaine McCluskey is a former journalist who now writes fiction in Dartmouth, N.S. She has published two novels and three short story collections. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Journey Prize and Fish Anthology in Ireland. Her story "Their Dirty Little Lair" made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize.


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