This week is filled with informal writerly learnings 🙂
K.M. Weiland shares five rules that will help you write a sequel. Helping Writers Become Authors
Becca Puglisi adds another entry to the character motivation thesaurus: pursuing justice for oneself or others. Writers Helping Writers
Jami Gold returns to the Writers Helping Writers coaches corner: what does it mean to raise the stakes?
Jami follows up on her own blog with three steps that raise your story’s stakes. And later in the week, she posts about balancing rules and voice.
Lisa Cron offers some ways pantsers can use the Story Genius method. Writers in the Storm
David Corbett: emotion vs. feeling. Writer Unboxed
Annie Neugebauer suggests changing up your reading patterns to gain more. Writer Unboxed
Dan Blank shares some great social media tips for writers on The Creative Penn.
Sara Letourneau continues her developing themes in your stories with part 9: the midpoint. DIY MFA
Stacy Woodson looks at mysteries, thrillers, and suspense: does the label matter? DIY MFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews Ben Blatt for DIY MFA radio.
Rachael Stephens shares her new favourite plotting method: Dan Harmon’s Plot Embryo.
Dimitra Fimi: inventing a whole language. The Times Literary Supplement
Chris Winkle lists five worldbuilding mistakes to avoid. Mythcreants
Jenna Ireland: racism in a fantasy landscape.
Kobo interviews Margaret Atwood on woman-crushes, feminism, and advice for her younger self. Medium
In the wake of his passing, Richard Wagamese: what it means to be Ojibway. Anishnabek News
Michael Moorcock: what is the new weird and why is weird fiction so relevant to our times? The New Statesman
What “White Rabbit” really meant (with an awesome, vocal-only track). Dangerous Minds
Wil Jones thinks this literary map of the world is simply brilliant. The Indy 100
Cracked lists 21 movie lines nobody actually says. Several commenters have refuted this, but they say these things because they’re said in movies …
Elodie shares one-sentence summations of every literary genre. Sparklife
Angela Watercutter presents the “Jane Test,” a new way to tell if your scripts are sexist. Wired
Patricia Cornwell unmasks “Jack the Ripper.” Tom Bryant for The Mirror.
Beth Elderkin shares the new Wonder Woman trailer: how the girl became the legend. i09
Katharine Trendacosta shows us the latest American Gods trailer. i09
And, phew. We’re done.
Come back on Thursday for some thoughty.
And, in the meantime, be well.