Your writerly goodness for the week.
Most common writing mistakes, part 51: one-dimensional characters. K.M. Weiland. Helping writers become authors. Kate returns with these eight tips for editing other writers’ work while remaining friends. And . . . for the hat trick: grab readers with a multi-faceted characteristic moment.
Writing “linked novels,” a series of standalones sans spoilers. Katy Rose Guest Pryal on Writer Unboxed.
Cassandra Khaw is vexed about voice. Terribleminds.
Kristen Lamb explores using time as a literary device.
Angela Ackerman guest posts on Writers in the Storm: how to deliver critical backstory using setting.
This is where I was last weekend: Mark Medley reports on the Canadian Writers’ Summit. The Globe and Mail.
I’m also a professional member of the CAA, so here are a couple of CWS bits of news relating to the CAA literary awards (which were presented there):
- Helen Humphreys, Nino Ricci, and Elizabeth Hay make the CAA Literary Awards shortlist. CBC Books.
- The winners revealed!
Alexis Daria covers the do’s and don’ts of querying your novel. DIYMFA.
Janet Reid warns against shopping an offer. And over on Query Shark, she posted no, no, and no.
Kameron Hurley engages in some real publishing talk: author expectation and entitlement.
Choosing the best categories for your book sales on Amazon. BookBaby.
Ceridwen Dovey wonders if reading can make you happier. The New Yorker.
Misc Magazine: The future according to women.
The Heroine Bookstore interviews A.M. Dellamonica.
John Glover writes about the life and afterlife of horror fiction on Postscripts to Darkness.
J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech.
Now it’s time to get writing 🙂