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Madelaine Shaw-Wong



My writing journey, stories and poems. Click on the category to the right or scroll for newest entry.

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I started a Youtube channel

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Exciting news! I started a Youtube channel!

Writing Powerful Stories


With my daughter, Emily, we will post weekly mini writing lessons.

So far we have covered the topics, Creating Powerful Protagonists and Conquering Writers' Block.

Stay tuned for more episodes.

Creating a Protagonist, the Interview

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I have learned that in order to build well-rounded and believable characters, it's important to know everything you can about them.

I Imagine myself sitting across the table from my characters while they answer questions like these:

Questions to Ask your Characters :/

This questionnaire was (supposedly) invented by the French author Marcel Proust:

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What is your idea of perfect happines...

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When Writing is Hard

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Should I give up on writing? When writing is difficult it is certainly a temptation. Why should I waste hours fussing over a paragraph, or scene, or a bit of dialogue? I could spend the time in other pursuits – exercising, or reading great literature, or catching up my favourite television series. Instead, I am parked in front of my computer screen, obsessing over words.

I think of Paul Simon’s lyrics from Kathy’s Song, when I become discouraged by writing:


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Review of Quietus with BeatRoute Magazine

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so pleased that Quietus was reviewed by BeatRoute Magazine.

To read it go here: