June already? OMG! Where has the year gone? Oh well, console yourselves with some writerly goodness.
C.S. Lakin explains how writers can bring setting to life through personification. Live, write, thrive.
K.M. Weiland: how to write the perfect plot (in two easy steps). Helping writers become authors.
Chris Ebock teaches us how to develop a great story in three (or four) steps. Fiction University.
Chris Winkle shares seven rules of effective prose. Mythcreants.
All the world’s a book: acting for writers. Allie Larkin on Writer Unboxed.
Write about inner demons without boring your reader into a coma. I love Kristen Lamb’s sense of humour 😀
Chuck Wendig’s inimitable writing advice: what exactly makes a damn good story? Terribleminds. Now when this was shared on the listserv of one of my writing associations, the following was quoted: “A man catches a fish isn’t much of a story, because his problem isn’t a problem.” And responded to: erm, Old Man and the Sea? Moby Dick? Yeah, well. Read it in context.
With Pooh’s demise last year, I’ve been missing the distinct feline voice in writing craft. Welcome Harper Hodges to The Write Practice: Seven steps to write more.
Emily Wenstrom shares some marketing magic with the seven points of contact for authors. DIYMFA.
Janet Reid offers her thoughts on this question: so, how do you know if you’re a good writer?
Susan Spann offers a warning about non-disclosure clauses on Writers in the Storm.
A.J. Hartley: writing people of colour as a white author. Tor.com
Stephen Burt reviews Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series for The New Yorker.
Kim Fahner shares some of the things she learned at the Alice Munroe Festival of the Short Story.
Kameron Hurley shares an excerpt from The Geek Feminist Revolution on the Tor blog: what are you fighting for?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Girls Write Now awards ceremony: fuck being likeable. Jezebel.
Dear broke reader: your sense of entitlement is killing me. Sarah Madison.
The British Fantasy Awards shortlists are revealed. The Guardian.
Ken MacLeod for Orbit Books: Is science fiction past its sell-by date?
Molly Mcardle interviews Daniel José Older for Brooklyn.
Shakespeare and the supernatural.
Benjamin Dreyer annotates Shirley Jackson’s sublime first paragraph in Hill House. Signature Reads.
Lisa Rosman asks, can a movie about editing be Genius? Signature Reads.
Until next week, cheers!