At Big Al’s – Dann Alexander and Chad Mitchell

Please welcome Chad Mitchell, one of my oldest friends as we co-write a tribute to one of our favourite hometown stores. There were many locally owned stores in our hometown throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, but none of them had the charm and longevity of Big Al’s Convenience in the North end of New Glasgow, […]

Identifying “Anchor” Content

The most oft-asked question I get in this business is one you have all heard. “What do you write about?” It never gets old. Why would it? Shop talk will frequently lead to productive shop work. What you write about the most could be considered your anchor content. I define anchor content as work that […]

Youth In The Arts

Youth will quit the arts for two main reasons. They are forced into it and have no actual interest. They are interested, but parents and educators demand instant perfection. Instead of demanding perfection, we should encourage encouragement. @WriterDann

Let Nothing Go To Waste

Frogsong Productions presents Let Nothing Go To Waste. A colleague asked me last week a basic question last week about the new publication. “What’s it about? I could not provide her with a simple enough answer. Or any sort of answer. It was an odd moment of self-realization. The best I could manage was to […]

A Job Description

What does a writer do? We all could spend hours in “shop talk” describing what we do as word artists. I’ve edited down my possible job and artistic description to the following; Writing is resolution. It is making sense of nonsense. When the nonsense still makes no sense, I work to find a humorous resolution […]

Angry Gratitude

Look silly now, and smile! It’s not our best picture. It’s a good one though. Christmas, sometime in the mid-90’s at the old house. Our best picture together is around somewhere. I was angry that I could not find it. Then I was grateful knowing it exists in one of the digital subfolders I have. […]

Inform, Entertain, Inspire – Chapter 3

Welcome to September. This Labour Day, let me share more info on my favourite kind of labour, the writing craft. Another trick of the trade. Over the course of the summer , I’ve explained a way to approach writing work. Does your finished product inform, entertain/engage and lastly, inspire? Here, I want to address inspire before concluding […]

Interest in Pinterest

Sharing ideas. Inspiring others. If I am ever going to recommend one platform for everyone to use, it would be Pinterest. I’ve had an account for years and left it inactive. This is not a reflection of how I feel about it. Anytime I heard people talk about Pinterest, it is all positive. They found a […]