Lots of informal writerly learnings for you this week 🙂
K.M. Weiland posts another instalment in her most common writing mistakes series. Last week, it was part 53: no contractions in dialogue. Helping writers become authors
Later in the week, Kate returns with more lessons from the MCU: the right way and the wrong way to foreshadow.
Janice Hardy guest posts on Writers helping writers: how to stay organized during revision.
Later she posts on killing your darlings on her own Fiction University blog.
Sophie Masson offers some tips on how to use real-world places to inspire fictional settings. Writer Unboxed
Donald Maass: intensity. Writer Unboxed
Steven Pressfield examines the inciting incident and the call.
I shared the Tweet that inspired Chuck Wendig’s grammar rant last week. I’d also heard Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, discuss it on her podcast a week or two earlier. Chuck brings up some good points, though. The ideal order of adjectives may well be how they sound best when spoken, and this can vary between English speaking countries as well as regionally, within each country, based on dialectical differences. Words like absolute and must, while they exist in the English language, sometimes don’t apply to it universally.
Annie Neugebauer is back with part two of her query letter mini-series: the extras. Writer Unboxed
Professional book critic, Laura Miller, extols the merits of Amazon reader reviews. Slate
If you’re going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, you’d better start planning now. Bess Cosby for DIYMFA.
Sarah Selecky wonders how we make the time to write? An exploration of the concept of white space as it applies to process. Story is a state of mind
With timeframes ranging from 2.5 days to 16 years, this infographic on how long it takes to write a novel could give you the encouragement you need. Or not. Mental Floss
Jael Richardson outlines six reasons you should attend a Canadian literary festival. Includes lists of festivals into 2017. Open Book Toronto
Award news: The Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016 long list.
Gail Anderson-Dargatz: when the book is ready, it will find a home. The Globe and Mail
This was the big, and somewhat controversial, news lat week. No, the internet hasn’t killed the printed book. Most readers still prefer them. Daniel Victor for The New York Times.
K.C. Alexander: publishing while female (A.K.A. why I stopped internalizing your shit). Terribleminds
Dashka Slater exposes the uncomfortable truth about children’s books. Mother Jones
Nisi Shawl: representing my equals. A discussion of how and why she chose the eleven POV characters in Everfair. Tor/Forge blog
The do’s and don’ts of writing a transgendered or non-binary character. The story and its writer
Brooks Barnes considers this summer’s mega-hits and super flops in cinema. Was this the year that movies stopped mattering? The New York Times
Natalie Zutter has updated the (very long) list of SFF works coming to the big and little screens, from the rumoured to in production. Tor.com
This is beautiful. Though it was completed more than a decade ago, this is the first time I’ve seen Destino, Walt Disney’s collaboration with Salvador Dali.
Marvel’s Luke Cage is the unapologetic, black superhero we’ve been waiting for. Evan Narcisse for i09.
Here’s the trailer for the next MCU movie I’m looking forward to: Dr. Strange.
And . . . Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Come back Thursday for a short but insightful bit of thoughty.