Controlling Your Internet Junkie

It’s easy for writers to get distracted, especially on those days when it’s difficult to focus on work. Distractions in the home, friends and family can be hard to deflect; but one of the craftiest thieves of your time is the worldwide web. Social media, surfing and blogging are the best friend of procrastination, embezzling…

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The Incompetent Pen

This is my pen, gliding over the page, wishing it could write all the interesting and fantastical words that flit through my head when I am away from my notebook, my time and my art, and at the end of the day, all the words that plagued me, that begged to be set free, are…

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Unfinished

Some stories are destined to be unfinished; they ignite, blazing through their own ego, then burn out, watching their ashes drift away into the void of their own beginning.  Unfinished       I played in the unfinished basements of unfinished homes.       I rented unfinished apartments; I leased unfinished houses with boyfriends who became unfinished lovers that led…

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Everlasting Voyages

I’ve written about the value of keeping journals and what fabulous resources they are for storytelling. I have records about my life at every age; but it was my girlfriend who inspired me to keep a separate journal for travel. She kept one for every trip so she could remember the places, events and people…

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Passionate Words

Every year I attend two local writer’s festivals in my area. My favourite takes place in a little town nestled along the coastline. A cosy park huddled on a hillside is the picturesque setting for this outdoor event. The undulating roof of the stage bows beneath leafy trees that line the pebbled trails weaving through…

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A Little Bit of Vanity

Any creative endeavour requires breeding a little bit of selfishness. Writing is a lonely occupation that requires focus. It’s necessary to shut out the rest of the world in order to get your work done. The time you put aside for writing should be a sacred time where you can yield to your own vanity….

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The Ideal Time

Do you have a favourite time of day or night to write? A period where your energy is at its peak? Most writers have a time of day they favour for writing; sometimes it’s dictated by routine, other times its just impulse. My favourite time is in the morning. I enjoy the peace of the…

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The Road

To write, you must have courage. The Road I do not meet forks in the road, only sharp, curving roadways with jutting blind corners. Sometimes I speed recklessly around sharp angles, heedless of the crash, and when I leave the road, I plunge into a surge of adrenaline, colliding into new and forbidden moments –…

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Old Ideas, New Words

An idea comes to you in the middle of the night; you drag yourself from the comfort of your bed and write it down before it fades away from your drowsy brain. The next day you sit down to review what you have written and wrinkle your brow in disappointment. This idea sounds familiar –…

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If You Like What You See

Some people have inquired if there’s a place to donate on my blog. This is for those who would like to offer extra support for my work and I thank you for this.

A bigger thank you to all my readers who offer ongoing support simply by stopping by for a visit. I enjoy writing and interacting with you.

About me

J.G. Chayko is a writer, actress, and international arthritis advocate who’s been involved in theatre for more than 30 years and has published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.