All kinds of writerly goodness for you this week!
K.M. Weiland has made no secret of her disappointment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In classic Kate fashion, she gleans writerly goodness from the experience. Planning your story: what George Lucas can teach you (not) to do. Helping writers become authors.
Later in the week, she offered eight tips for writing child characters.
Jessi Rita Hoffman explains how to write a thrilling action scene for Writer Unboxed.
Sophie Masson shares the building blocks of great young adult fiction. Writer Unboxed.
Lisa Cron advises: don’t accidentally give your characters a time out. Writer Unboxed.
Margaret Dilloway explores overcoming impostor syndrome for Writer Unboxed.
Christine Frazier shows you why your hero should eavesdrop and make a bad assumption (in four steps). The Better Novel Project.
Janice Hardy looks at writing a character with a gender not your own. Fiction University.
Dan Koboldt offers some tips for creating fundamentalist religions in fantasy.
Chris Winkle offers strategies for defeating the contrivance boogeyman. Mythcreants.
Jennie Nash studies great opening lines. The Book Designer.
Chuck Wendig advises us to defy reality and become artists. Terribleminds.
Jami Gold explores how to reach your potential through writing feedback.
Angela Ackerman offers six rules that will keep your critique partnerships golden. Writers helping writers.
Annie Neugebauer says, don’t hate the query—master it! Writer Unboxed.
Susan Spann offered some advice on royalty clauses in publishing deals and how authors get paid. Writers in the Storm.
Karina Sumner-Smith guest posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: is a quick release schedule right for you and your books?
My friend, Kim, is back on the road. This time, she spends an afternoon with Margaret Atwood.
Micah Solomon offers three books that will help you to radically improve your writing. BookBaby
Cory Doctorow shares his vision of how publishers, libraries, and writers could work together. BoingBoing.
Delilah S. Dawson wrote this beautiful post on writing and grieving: someday this pain will be useful to you.
Natalie Zutter shares Nnedi Okorafor and N.K. Jemesin in conversation: masquerade, initiation, and science fiction and fantasy. Tor.com
Ferris Jabr revisits the lost gardens of Emily Dickinson. The New York Times.
Kathryn Hughes looks at the dystopian world of Beatrix Potter. The Guardian.
Shakespeare and death:
John Marcotte reports that Marvel is committing to a Black Widow movie (at some unknown point in the future). Heroic Girls.
And, speaking of Marvel, the next X-Men movie is due out May 27th: X-Men Apocalypse.
Here’s the teaser:
And the official trailer:
Buzzfeed shared what was a sneak peek of Outlander’s next episode (I saw it Sunday) but I thought I’d post it anyway. “Ovaries explode!” – funnee.
See you Thursday for some thoughty stuff 🙂