We plant seeds to grow something. Sometimes it's something specific. Sometimes we don't know what will bloom, but we hope the seeds we plant will lead us to new and wondrous creations.

Here is where I cultivate the garden of my works in progress, to see what seedlings will burgeon into stories, and which ones I will replant into a new plot.

The other day I was smashing some ice with a small pink hammer, and I suddenly saw one of my characters' doing the very same thing. This is the magic in writing, when we discover the unique traits we can draw on for our worlds.

Trudy's little pink hammer? Or is it Dorothy's?

It's November, National Novel Writing Month, and I have been away from my creation, the little town I built along the Crows Nest Highway, but I'm going back to visit this month. There's something bubbling beneath the surface of that little town, something dark. It's time to go back and unearth its secret.

Photo by J.G. Chayko

October is my favourite month. Mother Nature dresses in her finest colors, the mornings are cool, shrouded in ghostly mists and the burnt light of the Harvest Moon shines through my windows. October is the harvest season for the earth, but it's also a harvest season for writers, as it's the season for writing festivals and conferences. I am getting ready for The Surrey International Writers Conference. This year, as last, it is an online platform with authors from all over the world coming for  a week of workshops, connections, and gaining new techniques on how to improve our craft. I have a short story to edit, an essay to finish, and a novel to write, but the festivals and conferences are my inspirational tools to keep pushing forward when things get a little rough. It's a reminder to enjoy the work, even when we hate it, to find the joy in why we write. "This day we write".

September is upon us. The autumn is always a special creative time for me with writing conferences and festivals. But this year I can also celebrate the launch of a new issue of a local literary magazine featuring some of my work. These are the stories that are always in progress, the stories that won't leave me alone, that demand to be written, and so here I am, constantly digging through the weeds to find them a place to bloom.








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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.