Some very interesting posts and articles this week 🙂
K.M. Weiland continues her most common writing mistakes series with part 52: stagnant story conflict. Helping writers become authors. Becca Puglisi guest posts later in the week with four ways to choose the right story setting. Kate returns with more lessons from Marvel: how to transform your story with a moment of truth.
Must you have conflict in every scene, disaster in every act? Roz Morris says, yes, and no. Nail your novel.
Kathryn Craft shares ten ways to add a spark of fire to your fiction. Writer Unboxed.
Donald Maass explores how to stay ahead of yourself . . . and your reader. Writer Unboxed.
Heather Bouwman writes (in the) happy middles. Writer Unboxed.
Annie Neugebauer begins a new series for Writer Unboxed. The query letter, part one: the pitch.
Sara Letourneau looks at the protagonist-antagonist relationship in DIYMFA’s developing themes in your stories series.
Data mining reveals the six basic emotional arcs of storytelling. MIT Technology Review.
“The six basic emotional arcs are these:
A steady, ongoing rise in emotional valence, as in a rags-to-riches story such as Alice’s Adventures Underground by Lewis Carroll. A steady ongoing fall in emotional valence, as in a tragedy such as Romeo and Juliet. A fall then a rise, such as the man-in-a-hole story, discussed by Vonnegut. A rise then a fall, such as the Greek myth of Icarus. Rise-fall-rise, such as Cinderella. Fall-rise-fall, such as Oedipus.”
Susan Spann busts some popular copyright myths. Writers in the storm.
Hugh Howey writes about an idea, broken. The Wayfarer.
Shakespeare and music.
Underwritten female character: the movie. (Bwahahahaha!)
Ted Ed: What makes something Kafkaesque?
Jen Doll explains how A Wrinkle in Time changed science fiction forever. One of my formative reads. Who’d a thunk it? Mental Floss.
Shawn Taylor wonders why Hollywood is ignoring Octavia Butler. Fusion.
The New York Times called this guy daring for “daring” to tackle slavery through science fiction. (Includes the author’s response.) J. Hotham for Slate.
Jonathan Barkan celebrates 30 years of Big Trouble in Little China. Bloody Disgusting.
Emily Asher-Perrin: Jupiter Ascending is a chilling look at our future, in more ways than one. Tor.com
Phil and I are looking forward to checking this one out. Netflix’s 1980’s science fiction throwback Stranger Things is must (binge) watch TV. i09
Until thoughty Thursday!