Glass Half Full

There are times when we can’t write as regularly as we’d like. No matter how much we say we will put aside time to write every day, sometimes that decision is taken from us – life has ways of disrupting the tide of our creative flow. I try not to see those periods as worthless…

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A New Way to Write

Over the years I’ve used all sorts of writing tools. It began with a pen and a notebook being carried around in whatever bag I had at the time; then for a little while, I started carrying a tiny recorder so that I could record ideas as quickly as they came before losing them while looking…

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A Creative Mess

  I am a neat freak by nature – my home is immaculate. I dust, vacuum, and wash on a regular basis. Everything has its place and everything is in that place. Of course, there is always an exception and mine is my writing desk. On most days it looks like the aftermath of a…

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The Ebb and Flow

It’s natural for our writing to change. It should change. If writing remains the same, we will lose our curiosity and opportunity for growth and discovery. It’s fascinating to compare the changes in one’s writing from last week to ten years ago. I love looking back on the diaries and notebooks from my childhood when…

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Illusion and Reality

I saw an interesting question posted on a social media site: How many writers write in the same genre as they read? I took a moment to consider that – at first, my answer was “no”, I don’t normally write in the same category, but when I took a second look, I found the answer…

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A Lesson in Writing Book Reviews

I was asked by a fellow writer if I would review her new novel. I was thrilled to be one of the few invited to preview her new book. There was just one problem – I had never written a book review before. I was faced with this issue last summer when I offered to…

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The Way Our Stories Change

Stories are destined to change in the midst of their creation; sometimes we need to learn how to let go of our original concept, and ride the current of our words. No matter what my original idea might have been, I find that in the midst of writing, the story takes on a shape of…

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One Page at a Time

2014 was a busy year for me. I published three pieces and was asked to guest blog for a couple of websites. I attended writing festivals, workshops, happily became a member-at-large in my local writing group and was invited to a bloggers event in Toronto. It was an amazing crazy year filled with new opportunity,…

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The Twelve Days of Writing

I thought for a bit of holiday fun, I’d play with an old holiday classic. The Twelve Days of Writing to the popular tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. “On the first day of writing, my muse said I need Twelve spiral notebooks Eleven paper clips Ten cups of coffee Nine fat pens Eight sticky…

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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.