Yup. Lots of informal writerly learnings for you this week. LOTS!
K.M. Weiland answers reader questions about scenes versus chapters. Helping writers become authors. Later in the week, Kate invites Wordplayer, Usvaldo de Leon, Jr., to share his thoughts on setting up the potential for change in character arcs.
Karen Woodward explores C.S. Lewis’s writing advice.
Jo Eberhardt shares her lessons learned from watching Supernatural. Writer Unboxed
Kristen Lamb shows how Girl on the Train demonstrates the two elements that all great stories share.
Barbara O’Neal responds to the Merritt Tierce article I shared last week: money and the writer. Writer Unboxed
Joanna Penn interviews Toby Neal on The Creative Penn podcast.
Janice Hardy guest posts on Writers in the Storm: five reasons your revisions aren’t working.
Erika Robuck has a message for all of us about remembering why we started writing. Writer Unboxed
Jami Gold explores how to strengthen your stakes. It’s not always about going big.
Veronica Sicoe discusses story world design and choosing the right time period.
Oren Ashkenazi lists six ways flight changes a fantasy setting. Mythcreants
Bonnie Randall guest posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: on balance versus burn-out.
It’s NaNoWriMo prep season! Joe Bunting shares ten catalysts that will help you win NaNoWriMo. The Write Practice
Catherine McKenzie unpacks the issue of audience limiting covers for books by women authors. Writer Unboxed
More fallout from the Lionel Shriver keynote:
- Lionel Shriver responds to Yassmin Abdel-Magied and all of those offended by her controversial Brisbane keynote. The New York Times
- Ken Kalfus, who wrote the review of The Mandibles to which Shriver referred in her keynote, explains that cultural appropriation is not the problem. The Washington Post
- Kaitlyn Greenidge explores the question, who gets to write what? The New York Times
- Authors offer their thoughts on cultural appropriation. The Guardian
- Viet Thanh Nguyen: cultural appropriation is about more than pho and sombreros. The LA Times
Stephanie Saul reports on how campuses are teaching freshmen about cultural sensitivity and microaggression. The New York Times. This was the kind of thing that Janet Reid ranted about last week.
Tshaka Armstrong discusses Luke Cage, Black Panther, and why superheroes of colour matter. Rotten Tomatoes
Heidi Ulrichsen interviews Danielle Daniel about her new memoir. Sudbury.com. Later in the week, Danielle was interviewed on CBC Sudbury’s Morning North.
Fran Wilde’s characters aren’t defined by their disabilities. Natalie Zutter for Tor.com.
Laura Miller muses on the haunting of Shirley Jackson. Literary Hub
Susan Spann explains when you should walk away from a publishing deal. Writer Unboxed
Ed Nawotka of Publishers Weekly says the publishing world needs more Canada.
Wallace Immen visits the Penguin Random House offices where curling up with a good book is encouraged. The Globe and Mail
Award news! The British Fantasy Award winners announced 🙂
Tori Amos: Trump is disrespectful to all women. The singer/songwriter talks about her response to Audrie and Daisy, the role of storytelling in her creative process, and accountability. The Daily Beast
Thu-Huong Ha lists 30 words and phrases that will soon be eliminated from American English. Quartz
Author Hannah Kent dives into the Irish world of faith and fantasy. Donna Liu for The Guardian.
John Plotz writes about the influence of Ursula K. Le Guin. The Guardian
Entertainment Weekly shares a fan-made mash-up between Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Awesomesauce 🙂
Film festival audiences say Split may be M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie yet.
Whew! I’m exhausted.
See you Thursday!