This is the Year You Write Your Own Adventure

January 6, 2014 | Ray

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We've heard it before - it's the time of year to make resolutions.  Are you making resolutions or do you approach the new year with motivation for new experiences and ideas?  

What ideas are you curious about? Aside from resources in Toronto Public Library, the new Tool Library and Kitchen Library have the hardware tools to help you realize projects and recipes you've been curious to try - from woodworking to bouillabaisse. Yay!!

Or perhaps you've wanted to write or improve your writing. Or start that comic you've done sketches of. Or write an entire novel.  Sounds ambitious?

It's entire possible to do!  This is the Year You Write Your Novel is the jumpstart you may be looking for.  From mystery author, Walter Mosley, he breaks down different aspects of writing into do-able chunks and his guide is very encouraging for want-to-be-authors of all genres.  Here are his fiction titles.

A great read on how to start writing (including humour writing!) is Vivid & Continuous.  Entertaining and informative, it makes creative writing do-able and fun!  As the author recommends, go ahead, watch Cheech and Chong - or whatever makes you laugh - it will help you with your writing. 


Of course, plenty of authors are DIY - like the epic Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half.  LOVE LOVE her blog and writing. And her new book of collected work from her blog. 

Another hilarious blog-to-book author is Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant.  Here are her books that combine history, 'classic' literature and comedy. Beaton


And the now famous-beyond-famous Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Mag.  Her Rookie Yearbooks 1 & 2 are hot hot hot items!  A mash up of tons of visuals along with poiniant and often wry humour and observations of contemporary pop culture.






Yes, you too are the author of your own real life adventures.  

Go ahead, write your own stories.

What are you excited about for 2014?