Zoë Demaré

Writing to an Audience

One of my favourite writing quotes of all time comes from the movie Finding Forrester. As the main character stares at his typewriter, and more specifically at the blank white page waiting for some stroke of genius to fill its canvas, his tutor says quite simply: ‘You must write your first draft with your heart. […]

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2010

It’s that time of year again. With a single week left to go, we are approaching one of the most daunting writing challenges out there: NaNoWriMo. For those who are unaware of what that stands for, National Novel Writing Month involves joining hundreds of others from across the globe in attempting to complete a fifty thousand […]

Write What You Know

I remember the first time I heard that piece of advice, my young writer’s heart sank. For an eager stowaway on that lovely genre-wagon known as Fantasy, it wasn’t exactly encouraging. I spent some time examining it, like an unwelcome spider on my windowsill, but soon threw it out. After all, who can really say […]

Beloved

It still amazes me to realize that, although I was born and raised in a dedicated Christian family, I know very little about how to walk with my Almighty Saviour. Not to say my parents didn’t teach me. Far from it. Apparently I was already testing the waters of evangelism before I even knew how […]

The Art of Growing Up

I have a confession to make. By no means a big one, but a confession no less. I never planned to grow up. Like, ever. Adulthood was this large, distant concept that I both admired, tried to emulate to a certain degree, but ultimately ignored in the hope that it would go away. I was […]

How Dreamy

So here I am, aware of the fact that it’s been about a month since I last posted something, but I’m not going to try and make any excuses because, to be frank, I’ve been a very busy, very lazy girl. Talk about contrast. At any rate, this past month has trotted on quite contentedly […]

Writing for Children

I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned this before, but I am a student. I’m currently working toward my degree and one of the courses I’m enrolled in is basically the title for this blog entry: Writing for Children. I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. When I first saw that course […]

Characters

Perhaps my favourite aspect of writing, without a shadow of a doubt, would have to be creating the characters. More specifically, I love watching them grow. In some weird, nerdy sort of way I feel like a ridiculously proud parent, gazing on as these characters are conceived out of what feels like thin air, and […]