We are once again full of the informal writerly learnings.
K.M. Weiland offers six reasons you need to make way more writing mistakes.* Helping writers become authors
Kate returns later in the week with more lessons from the MCU. This time it’s all about backstory, the number one key to relatable characters.
Ollie, as transcribed by his human, James Stack, prefers to frame rejections as declines.* Sir Oliver of Skygate Farm
Regine Ward shares seven common truths that will help writers handle rejection productively. Live, write, thrive
On the other side of the coin, Pamela Hodges shares six ways to let go of past writing and tackle something new. The Write Practice
Kellie McGann: why we write. The Write Practice
Kassandra Lamb offers four ways to add depth to your stories on Jami Gold’s blog.
Gabriela Pereira interviews Delia Ephron on DIYMFA radio. On Friday, Emily Wenstrom shares her top five takeaways from the Writer’s Digest Conference.
Victoria (V.E.) Schwab: this book is broken and other things I tell myself while writing.*
Anna Elliott shares four ways to recapture the joy of writing.* Writer Unboxed
Last week’s Spark in the summer replay was episode 299, which features an author who live-streamed the writing of a book, and an interview with David Mitchell on how Twitter played a role in the creation of his novel, Slade House. Awesomesauce. CBC
Nora Jemisin (N.K. Jemisin): I would just love to write and not have everything turn into a political battle. David Barnett for The New Statesman.
The Library of America will publish Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Complete Orsinia. David Streitfeld for The New York Times. The actual title of the article is misleading, implying that Le Guin is denying that she’s a science fiction author (something of which she’s accused other writers in the past). Not so. She’s tired of the epithet being used as a reason to exclude writers of excellence from the literary canon. As she says, she won’t be pushed out. Kudos!
Locus interviews Kelly Robson.
And then, THIS: On being a late bloomer.* Kelly Robson in Clarkesworld. Really, I want to give this article ALL THE STARS. I think Kelly single-handedly saved me last week.
Christine Schrum: what growing up in sulphur city taught me about beauty.* Latitude 46 We’re still strange children, by the way.
Julie Czerneda posts on The Black Gate about the challenges of living a #rurallife.
Beth Cato explains why we need more trans heroes in genre fiction. The MarySue
A Writing the Other Roundtable: how to stay in your lane.
John Scalzi asks some special guests to post about writing the other. Whatever
Jim C. Hines says, don’t look away: how we fight sexual harassment in the science fiction and fantasy community. i09
Jo Walton writes about science fiction, innovation, and continuity. Tor.com
Meir Solovichik gives us some insight into the secret “Jews” of The Hobbit. Carnage and Culture
You have to read this letter Josh Corman wrote when uncomfortable parents asked his school to ban The Handmaid’s Tale. Bookriot
Jessica Stillman reports on more evidence to support the link between reading and empathy. Inc.
Jake Parker: finished, not perfect.*
Another brilliant entertainer, gone 😦 i09’s Germaine Lussier revisits five of Gene Wilder’s defining film roles. Note: If the video isn’t in the frame, scroll back to see it.
Shakespeare and performance. Oxford University Press.
Outlander has cast Lord John Grey. Entertainment Weekly
Netflix announced that they were renewing Stranger Things on Tuesday last week. On Wednesday, the creators shared this first teaser for season two. They had no idea what was in the pipe, no, they didn’t 😉 Katharine Trendacosta for i09.
Tim Stack has additional details about season two on Entertainment Weekly.
Writers Relief celebrated National Dog Day with pictures of these book-loving hounds.
*posts that comforted me this past week.
I hope you’ve found some comfort here as well 🙂
Have an awesome week until Thursday and then come back to fill up on thoughty!
Creative sustenance. It’s what I’m all about.