CBC Literary Prizes·Writing Tip

Want to be a better writer? Read poetry and lyrics

The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize is now open! To inspire and support you along the way, we are publishing a writing tip each week.
The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize is open until Oct. 31, 2018. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)

The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize is open for submissions! You can submit your original, unpublished fiction up to 2,500 words for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and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 Oct. 31, 2018.

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 Nola Poirer.

"Read poetry (and some song lyrics). The way poetry breaks grammar rules and distils imagery and emotion can inspire juicier word choices and a more interesting cadence."

Nola Poirier is a writer, environmental researcher, punk choir member and binge television viewer. Her short fiction has been published in Canadian journals, including Room, Prairie Fire and Vancouver Review. She made the longlist for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize.

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