4 Plotting Lessons & Writing Update

I finished plotting my book, so in true Millie fashion I’m summarizing the four lessons I learned during the process. I made a video to better rant about show my thinking process.

Here’s a summary of the four plotting lessons if you don’t want to watch the video (though you totally should): Continue reading

We Need More Non-White Protagonists In Fiction

Beverly Katz

The Katz at work.

I will always remember what my business professor said once during a unit on leadership. He was an award-winning academic of Indian descent, yet when he envisioned an accomplished leader, it was not himself who he saw, but a “tall white man in a sleek suit”.

“I had achieved everything that man had,” my professor said. “But I still cannot see myself up on that podium.”

I had the same problem when writing. For the past two years since I started working on my Long-Suffering Manuscript, I had trouble visualizing my main character Natasha Moor, who is made of many parts, but mainly of me, who is Chinese-Canadian, as someone who is not white. Continue reading

Writing on the Weekend is a Bad Idea

Millie Ho

As if coffee is going to wake you up.

I bet you’re a lot like me.

You have a day job. You have friends and hobbies and maybe even a family to support. But you’re also doing this Writing A Book thing, prompted by nobody and nothing aside from your own unbridled ambition (and a touch of grandiosity) to make your mark on the world by telling a story that matters.

So you write. You write throughout the week, before work, before the neighbours blast their obnoxious Top 40 playlists, before the clock strikes midnight and sometimes a little while after.

But then you moved. Then your mother fell ill. Then you took on new projects that demanded more of your time.

Suddenly you can’t write everyday anymore. Continue reading