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Dave Hood

Hi,My name is Dave Hood. I am the author of this blog, “Find Your Creative Muse.”

I decided to create a blog and post content on a regulary basis because I have a strong interest in writing, especially creative writing.

Personal Profile

In 1990, I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. In 1997, I completed a two-year diploma, focusing on technical writing. For the next four years, I was a technical writer. 

In 2007, I decided to explore creative writing. Instead of completing a Maters in Fine Arts with a major in “creative writing”, I began to read and learn as much as I could about poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

For the past two years, in my leisure time, I have read many books on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

I have immersed myself in reading short fiction each week and reading a classic novel each month. I have mastered the elements of fiction—such as setting, plot, characterization, and I have learned how to write a novel.

I have read and analyzed hundreds of poems–traditional, modern, and contemporary—by the great poets, such as Keats, Frost, and Simic. I have also learned the elements of poetry, how to analyze a poetry, and how to write free verse poetry.

I have read memoirs, personal essays, and articles by many of the best writers. I have also learned how to write  personal essays, magazine articles, Web content, and a memoir.

In short, my study has taught me how to write poetry, short fiction, personal essays, and articles. I have also written extensively on these topics.

In the  summer of 2009, I decided to create a blog. I intended use the blog as a tool to  practise my creative writing and to share what I had learned.

This blog is now part of my ” writing platform.” And for those who aren’t familiar with the term, a “writing platform” refers to the tools a writer uses to market his/her expertise and writing.

Ultimately, my goal is to publish personal essays, poetry, short fiction, memoir, and articles.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at davehood59@hotmail.com.

Thanks for reading my posts and making comments.

 “Carpe Diem!”


  1. Deborah Murphy says:

    I have read your blog posts for the first time today – including all the archives! – it’s very helpful . Especially as I am embarking on my first serious bit of writing: a landscape memoir.

  2. White Ink says:

    As a creative non-fiction student, your blog is so helpful and informative. Thank you!

    One of your blog on writing about place mentioned a book call Tell it slant by Brenda Miller. I don’t know if you ever met her in real life, but she is amazing. She is one of my professors and have taught me so much.

  3. ismailos2 says:

    Amazing and helpful blog ! I must say, your writing is GREAT ! Thanks, lad:) cheers xx

  4. Michelle says:

    Wow! Your blog is full of valuable info for new writers. Thanks for your time & efforts to enlighten, Dave.

  5. brookewake says:

    I’m really excited to have found this blog! As an aspiring creative non-fic writer and poet, I will be returning to this site quite often. Thank you for the wealth of invaluable info!

  6. This looks like an awesome blog with a wealth of information! I’ll be back my friend!

    Chloe xx

  7. Hi,
    Your blog is awesome, and I think that you should write a book with all this information.

    Susana Contrera

  8. Brenda says:

    I was wondering if I could have permission to use the information that you have in a post about the types of memoirs. I am sponsoring a group on Goodreads and May is Memoir Month. I would link back to your original post. Let me know. Thanks. Very interesting site by the way!

  9. FurtherMo says:

    Lovely blog on the personal essay. As another writer just beginning on the MFA Creative Writing journey, I found it very helpful. Thanks Dave.

  10. Hi, I just started a writing blogsite which will record my attempts at getting published. I was on the lookout for other creative writingblogsites and came across yours. I have now clicked on the “follow” button and will check in again soon. Thanks.

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