And here it is, your informal writerly learnings for the week!
K.M. Weiland offers her insight into how to outline a series of bestselling books. Helping Writers Become Authors
Janice Hardy starts a two part series about finding your voice. First up: how to find your character’s voice. Fiction University
Are you revising? Then check out April Bradley’s tips on pacing and momentum. Writers Helping Writers
Dianna Gunn shares her experience with resistance: letting your story end at the end. DIYMFA
Sloan Tamar: five things psychology can teach writers. Writers Helping Writers
Dave King revisits the power of words. Writer Unboxed
Annie Neugebauer muses on the challenge of finding the balance between dreaming and working. Writer Unboxed
Writer Unboxed obtained permission to reprint this fabulous post by Christie Aschwanden: stop trying to be creative.
Jamie Raintree gives us a productive two-for this week: a different kind of writing productivity and the importance of knowing your priorities and sticking to them.
Jami Gold: what if I can’t find beta readers?
Kristen Lamb says, never tell me the odds—how to get your head right for success.
Jenny Hansen shares Maya Angelou’s writerly wisdom on Writers in the Storm.
A moment of tangency. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (apparently soon to be out in book form!). This guy’s a poet.
Charles Chu looks back at Frank Herbert and his definition of success. You don’t write for fame and fortune. You write so you can have more time to write. Medium
Fiona Macdonald peeks at the racy side of Jane Austin. BBC
Punny. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog … after a few tries 😉
Alexandra Alter reports on an unfinished Mark Twain fairytale that will soon see the light of day. The New York Times
Swapna Krishna looks at the time travel in Timeless. Is it possible? Tor.com
Spencer Kornhaber interviews Brit Marling about The OA and the dark side of science. As I said when I posted this to FB, I enjoyed the series … until the last episode. Though I called it, that couldn’t compensate for the deep dissatisfaction I felt in the wake of the final episode. Still, it’s nice to find out more about what inspired the series. The Atlantic
Looking forward to this, because Emma. The full set of Beauty and the Beast trailers.
Hope this curation gives you what you need to keep creating. The world needs your stories!