Pub news, literary deaths, and videos, oh, my!
The big issue of the week: The Huffington Post is proud that it doesn’t pay its writers.
- Chuck Wendig: Pay the fucking writers.
- Kristen Lamb: Shame on you, AOL/Huffington.
- Porter Anderson: Amazing disgrace. Writer Unboxed.
Related: How do writers get paid in a world addicted to free? Kristen Lamb.
Two literary losses this week.
- Harper Lee dies at 89. The New York Times.
- Then, Umberto Eco dies at 84. The Guardian.
K.M. Weiland shares five important ways storytelling differs between novels and movies. Later in the week, she posted about hacking readers brains by using all five senses in your description. Finally, she explains why cool for cool’s sake character traits are not, in fact, cool.
Roz Morris wonders whether you’ve left an important scene out of your story.
C.S. Lakin shows us the benefits of breaking down scene structure into three parts. Later, she looks at scenes as segments and capsules of time.
Densie Webb explores writing as compulsion on Writer Unboxed.
Andrea Phillips guests on Terribleminds: Throw everything at the wall. On the messiness of modern careers.
Christine Frazier analyzes fight scenes on The Better Novel Project.
Christian Cameron shares his thoughts on faith, piety, and writing about religion.
Foz Meadows: we can’t just adapt science fiction and fantasy novels—we have to transform them. Tor.com
Dan Blank started his own YouTube channel (and, yup, Ima share all of them):
Porter Anderson reviews the progress of Shelfie and Bitlit at three years.
Catherine Ryan Howard updates us on the progress of her two novel deal.
Jim C. Hines: My mental illness is not your inspirational Post-it note.
Haruki Murakami writes about how he became a running novelist. The New Yorker.
Phylogenetic analysis suggests that fairy tales are much older than we thought. Phys.org
The good people of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast interview Beth Revis.
I really like Shane Koyczan’s poetry. Here are several samples for your listening enjoyment.
Valentine laments the lack of original book titles. The Guardian.
Mental Floss lists 15 things you may not know about Beatrix Potter.
Altas Obscura shares 15 real-world locations of science fiction dystopias.
Buzzfeed lists 27 products for book lovers.
And that was Tipsday.
See you Thursday!