K.M. Weiland: how to get the most out of your scene sequels. Helping writers become authors
Margie Lawson shares her writing rule number 16: add subtext with dialogue cues. Writers in the storm
Marcy Kennedy explains how to use layers to create rich character emotions.
Jessica Strawser offers five ways to keep writing when life intervenes on Jane Friedman’s blog. Later in the week, Angela Ackerman guest posts: how to find and reach influencers to help you promote your book.
Donald Maass guides writers to the secrets of wonder for Writer Unboxed.
Your senses can come to your rescue. Juliet Marillier for Writer Unboxed.
Vaughn Roycroft shares his amazing writing journey. Writer Unboxed
Jo Eberhardt examines the problem with female protagonists. Writer Unboxed
Jami Gold teaches us how to tell whether a shocking scene is necessary, or just gratuitous.
Kristen Lamb considers when it’s time to give up. Warrior Writers
Self care and productivity for authors with Ellen Bard. The Creative Penn podcast.
Oren Ashkenazi lists five times stories broke promises to audiences. Mythcreants
Kameron Hurley offers her usual pithy and practical wisdom: you don’t owe anyone your time.
Lisa Cline interviews Orly Konig for CultureSpot MC.
Gabriela Pereira interviews Joanna Penn for DIYMFA Radio: how to be an author-entrepreneur.
K.M. Weiland shows you how use Scrivener to edit your novels. Helping writers become authors.
Publishing news: Suzanne Brandreth and Ron Eckel acquire Cooke International. Quill & Quire
Stacy Conradt shares ten facts about Lois Duncan. Mental Floss
Adrienne LaFrance lists the 200 happiest words in literature. The Atlantic
Alex Weiss compiles 24 quotes from Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore that will make you fall in love with books all over again. Bustle
The conjuring: writing as spell. Megan Abbott for Catapult.
Troy L. Wiggins presents nine diverse fantasy novels that will challenge your idea of fantasy fiction. BookRiot
Cheryl Eddy lists fifteen must-read science fiction and fantasy books being published this month. i09
Dangerous Minds presents images from the 1973 masterpiece, Fantastic Planet. I remember seeing this when I was a kid. It disturbed me.
The biggest flaw of Stranger Things is its treatment of women. Genevieve Valentine for VOX.
How a 16th century Chinese legend transformed into the movie, League of Gods. Cheryl Eddy for i09.
Deadpool 2 will take aim at superhero sequels. Beth Elderkin for i09.
And this is how we get our informal writerly learnings.
See you Thursday.