Sorry to have missed a week of curation, but life happens. I’m back now, though, and here with your informal writerly learnings for the week 🙂
Jane Friedman explores discourse communities as a means of distinguishing yourself among agents and editors. Writer Unboxed
Heather Webb writes about revision and how to make it through. Writer Unboxed
We need to give ourselves permission to begin, courage to continue, and forgiveness to try again. I so needed this, Dan Blank. Bless you. Writer Unboxed
Angela Ackerman offers some advice on creating mood in a scene using light and shadow. Writers helping writers
Later in the week, Angela announces the expansion of One Stop for Writers.
Roz Morris shares three surprising to measure your progress when you’re writing a slow burn book. Nail your novel
Susan Brooks guest posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University on the importance of being genre-specific. Part one of a new series. Later in the week, Janice guests on Jody Hedlund’s blog, sharing five reasons your plot stalled. Then, Marcy Kennedy stopped by to explore indie choices: writing in multiple genres or specializing.
Jenny Hansen guest posts on Jami Gold’s blog (while she recovers) and offers some strategies for overcoming fear, the writer’s enemy number one.
Leanne Sowul writes about the importance of quality sleep. DIYMFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews MJ Rose for the DIYMFA Radio podcast: build buzz around your book.
Jamie Raintree guests on Writers in the Storm: the career mindset comes before the writing career.
Love this woman’s big squishy brain 🙂 Kameron Hurley shares her thoughts on why being a writer is an exercise in cognitive dissonance.
K. Eason shares six tips for writing a science fiction series. Writer’s Digest
Steven Pressfield studies stuff that works: True Grit and Paper Moon, which are essentially the same movie . . .
DBC Pierre lists ten books all writers should read. With the exception of a couple, they’re not what you’d think. The Guardian
John Bradley evokes Marshall McLuhan’s statement, “the medium is the message” to examine how we read and how it affects us. The Wild Detectives
Brandon Taylor states that there is no secret to writing about people who do not look like you. Literary hub
Sarah Gailey encourages SFF writers to “do better” when it comes to writing sexual violence. Tor.com
Laurie Garrison’s #women_writers manifesto aims to build the community of female authors. Lara Williams for The Guardian.
It was the 101st anniversary of James Tiptree Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon)’s birth. Tachyon Publications offers this tribute to her work and influence. Leah Schnelbach writes this article on Tiptree and the power of the SF community for Tor.com.
Fiona Macdonald reports on the secret libraries of history for the BBC.
Alexandra Alter interviews Hugo award winner, N.K. Jemisin, for The New York Times.
J.M. Frey explores how fantasy tropes can bring out the power of being a fan girl. The MarySue
And here’s the cover reveal for her new novel 🙂
Cheryl Eddy presents all the new science fiction and fantasy books you must read this fall. i09
Charlie Jane Anders previews Dominik Parisien’s new fairy tale anthology, The Starlit Wood for i09.
Katharine Trendacosta shares photos of some of the set pieces for the Ready Player One movie for i09. I have to say that this was one of my favourite novels I read last year. So looking forward. Here are some more from Collider.
And that was Tipsday.
See you Thursday!