I can’t believe how much writerly goodness I have for you this week. WTF’s going on here, anyway?
Angela Ackerman wonders, why do characters resist change? Writers helping writers.
David Corbett argues that conflict isn’t the engine of story. Writer Unboxed.
Lisa Cron explains what ‘let it go’ really means. Writer Unboxed.
Sarah Callender helps us create delightful, messy characters with the humble ampersand. Writer Unboxed.
Lance Schaubert talks talecraft on Writer Unboxed.
Jami Gold explores paragraph breaks and voice in her building blocks of writing series.
Janice Hardy helps you get what’s in your head onto the page. Fiction University.
Margie Lawson shows us how to make strong writing stellar. Writers in the Storm.
Chris Winkle shares some tips on narrating layout and position. Mythcreants.
Kelly Simmons explains how your personality type wreaks havoc on your writing and offers ten things you can do about it. Writers in the Storm.
In times of doubt, Chuck Wendig advises you to write what you love. Terribleminds.
Leanne Sowul offers some tips to keep writing when times are tough. DIYMFA.
K.M. Weiland shares twelve ways to rock your novel research. Helping writers become authors. Later in the week, she explained how to moderate reader reactions to character sins.
I’m curating the curators, now 😉 Elissa Field shares a number of quirky research sources for writers on her Friday links for writers.
Jamie Raintree offers the three most common query mistakes and advice on how to fix them.
Roz Morris shares a discussion on the benefits of editors from Author Fringe 16.
Nina Munteanu writes part two of her ecology, women, and science fiction post: praxis. Great discussion with some of Canada’s best women SF writers and editors.
Kim Fahner shares some of her lessons learned from her week in Banff with Lawrence Hill (and meeting with Alice Major). Upon her return, she struggled with decompressing and managing her creative energy.
The first of three posts by Jim C. Hines on trigger warning shenanigans inspired by Stephen Fry’s poorly thought out comments: Trigger warnings are censorship, and other nonsense. He returned the next day with Trigger warnings as an impediment to healing and mental health. Here’s the third instalment: when trigger warnings attack!
John Grisham and Donna Tartt headline the author protest of Mississippi’s anti-LGTBQ law. Electric Lit.
Doctors and psychiatrists may soon prescribe fiction to help youth with mental illness. <This is me, cheering like Kermit—yaaaaaaaaaaay!> The Guardian.
Rod McDonald, Canadian designer of the typeface Classic Grotesque, heads for Manhattan launch party. The Toronto Star.
An interview with transplanted Sudburian, Matthew Murphy. Quebec reads.
Sian Cain covers Sir Terry Pratchett’s memorial for The Guardian.
Hedgehogs are the keepers of order and knowledge in Slavic fairy tales. Tiny Donkey.
Ten facetious book dedications that actually got published. Books rock my world.
Orna Ross shares a Celtic creation story.
This is awe-inspiring: The librarian who saved Timbuktu’s cultural treasures from al Qaeda. The Wall Street Journal.
Film dialogue from 2000 screenplays, broken down by gender and age, shows how sexist movies are. Polygraph.
No trailer for this yet, but Story of Your Life looks like it might be a good SF film to check out. Movies.com
Cheryl Eddy previews another fairy talish movie due out this year: A Monster Calls. i09
We have to wait until November (no way I’m wishing is here any sooner—love spring, summer, and fall!). Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
But this weekend! Eeeeeee! Game of Thrones, season six. I really hope they make up for last year.
And that is Tipsday for this week.
Hope you are all well and writing wicked stuff 🙂