Yummy, soul-feeding stuff this week.
The first post of the week for K.M. Weiland was intensely personal. It was also inspirational. It was exactly what I needed to read as the world around me seems to be falling to pieces (though that’s more apparent in my Thoughty Thursday curation posts, of late). Read it, my writerly friends, and take heart. This is why we write: five reasons why writing is important to the world. Later in the week she cautions us: don’t make this mistake with story structure.
Bonnie Randall guest posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University. Once more with feeling: writing emotionally strong characters.
Chris Winkle offers five ways to restore tension in your novel. Mythcreants.
Two of my favourite writerly women: Joanna Penn interviews Roz Morris for the Creative Penn podcast. Finding your author voice.
Katharine Britton guest posts on Writer Unboxed. On the road to a first draft: when you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.
Marcy Kennedy is back with part four of her reading as a writer series.
Kelly Harms: writing a book takes how long, now? Writers in the Storm.
Jami Gold shares more lessons learned from her recent RWA conference. Do you belong, or are you a fraud?
Shawn Coyne wonders if good enough is good enough . . . This post was a bit controversial for a friend. Yes, we need mentors; we need editors. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with learning through experimentation, practice, and study, however. The idea that writers aren’t good enough, that they can’t be good enough without the intervention of others can result in sensitive creatives believing that they are inherently worthless. Or, it can result in the following problems, which can be just as bad . . . Just sayin’.
Karen Woodward encourages us to let go of perfectionism.
Kristen Lamb explores stress and burnout . . . and how to get your writerly mojo back.
Heather Webb has some advice on what to do when you feel like you’re treading water. Writer Unboxed.
Kameron Hurley: the wisdom of the grind.
Jane Friedman offers a definition of author platform.
Constance Renfrow writes about the do’s and don’ts of query letters. DIYMFA. AND . . . I had the opportunity to guest post on DIYMFA thanks to my participation in Gabriela’s Street Team! Five things I’ve learned from being on the DIYMFA Street Team.
Camille DeAngelis says that having her book go out of print was a pretty great thing, after all. Publishers Weekly.
Lynn Neary: can serialized fiction turn binge watchers into binge readers? NPR.
Sudburian Matthew Heiti wins the Carter v. Cooper competition! The Northern Life.
Working girls: the Bröntes. Elizabeth Hardwick for The New York Review of Books.
Alex Kulaev for BookBaby: The Jungle Book is a beautiful film with flawed storytelling.
Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley joins the cast of Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Amy McNeill for The National Post.
Katherine Trendacosta thinks Christophe Gans’ La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast) is the most beautiful thing she’s seen in ages. i09
We are not things: shining examples of women’s autonomy in science fiction. Delia Harrington for The MarySue.
Babylon 5’s Jerry Doyle dies at the age of 60. Sadness 😦 James Whitbrook for i09.
And that was your informal writerly learnings for the week.
See you Thursday!