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10 Writing Tips from Author William Deverell (on a Costa Rica Morning)


Award-winning Canadian novelist William Deverell was a featured speaker at my Namaste Gardens Writing & Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica last month. Against a backdrop of lush foliage, cascading flowers and startling blue pool, and with the occasional curious tropical bird or butterfly pausing to watch, he shared with retreat participants and visiting writers from the capital city of San Jose his thoughts on “A Writer’s Life.” Here are 10 tips gleaned from his presentation.

1. Write what you dream of writing — not what others want you to write.

Though he aspired to be a writer even as a teen — he read us a few angst-ridden journal entries to prove it — and worked for many years as a journalist and later a lawyer, he was thirty-nine years old before he finally took a sabbatical plunge into novel writing. He describes the writer’s block he suffered, even during the early days of his sabbatical, as “pathological.”

He eventually recognized that he’d been hampered by his father’s high literary standards, fearing he’d disappoint if he didn’t write a “serious novel.” His father was a journalist and a reader of classics who suffered from unfulfilled literary aspirations. Bill says his own fear of failure began in his teens, prevented him from writing for decades, and even “drove him” to the law. (“I never wanted to be a lawyer,” he says.)

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Novelist William Deverell to share tips at Costa Rica writers’ retreat

William Deverell reads in Miguel Antonio, Costa Rica, to raise funds for a library.

This just in. Award-winning Canadian author William Deverell will be the featured speaker at my upcoming writers’ retreat: Namaste Gardens Writing & Yoga Retreat in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica, January 21 to 30, 2012.

William, who divides his time between homes in Pender Island in Canada and near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, has a wealth of writing background to draw from for his presentation. A former journalist and criminal lawyer, he is best known for his crime novels, which have been translated into 14 languages and sell around the world, and as the creator of the popular, long-running CBC TV series Street Legal, which has aired in 80 countries. His latest novel, I’ll See You in My Dreams, was released just this month (and a partial memoir is at the plot’s centre, by the way).

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Monday, September 26th, 2011