Ian Weir guest blogs on writing that first draft

"As someone once astutely observed, when you finally finish a novel, what you’ve learned to write is that novel. You have no idea how to write the next one." Ian Weir on the writing process, from his current guest blog. Click on guest blogs to the left to view.

Ian Weir’s first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was a finalist for four awards, and was selected as one of the top historical novels of 2011 by The Library Journal. His new novel, Will Starling, was recently named a “Globe 100” Best Book of 2014.

Among his extensive television credits, Ian was creator and showrunner of the one-hour CBC adventure/drama series Arctic Air.  Previously he was writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed gangland miniseries Dragon Boys, and creator and showrunner of the long-running teen drama series Edgemont.  Otherwise he has written nearly 150 episodes for two dozen series, ranging from ReBoot to Flashpoint.  He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award and a Jessie. His stage plays have been produced across Canada, as well as in the U.S. and England, and he is the author of ten radio dramas.

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Gail's literacy learner novel Search and Rescue now on the shelves!

When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman’s whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense—what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman’s disappearance. When they fail to follow up on her lead, she pursues it on her own, embarking on a snowy chase up a mountainside that puts herself and others in danger. She’s more than just a journalist chasing a story. Claire is determined to do the right thing at any cost.

Search and Rescue is the first novel in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott. The novel is a Rapid Reads book, written for adult literacy learners, or those just looking for a fast read. Reading level: 3.0

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