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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

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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