And it’s been another lovely week for the writerly goodness 🙂
K.M. Weiland shows us how storytelling benefits everyone. Helping Writers Become Authors
Later in the week, Kate points out three ways to choose the right protagonist.
Roz Morris appreciates The Story of Your Life, on which Arrival was based. Nail Your Novel
Then Roz strolls over to Writers Helping Writers: planning the perfect love triangle.
David Corbett: is your character’s face the window to her soul? [Love the URL title: a face to launch a thousand words, or less. Hopefully less.] Writer Unboxed
Sarah Callender zooms in on third person narration. Writer Unboxed
Liz Michalski says, let your subconscious be your guide. Writer Unboxed
Susan Spann advises you how to request a reversion of publishing rights. Writers in the Storm
Jenna Moreci debunks writer’s block:
Bess Cozby shares the tale of how embracing minimalism made her a better (and happier) writer. DIY MFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews Kathleen Audet: finding your authentic image. They even talk semiotics (!) DIY MFA
Kristen Lamb schools us in deep POV: what it is and why readers love it. Later in the week Kristen takes us deeper into deep POV: how to immerse the reader in story.
Janice Hardy: six ways Netflix can make you a better writer. Fiction University
Later in the week Janice posts about how the wrong tone can change your whole novel.
Jami Gold tells you how to analyze your writing habits so you can improve on the bad ones.
Christine Frazier compares the hero with the secret good guy (and explains why every story needs a secret good guy). The Better Novel Project
Alex Segura explores the moments that keep you going as a writer. Terribleminds
Chris Winkle considers the big problem with uncertain endings. Mythcreants
Everyone (well, Chuck Wendig, Jim C. Hines, and Mary Robinette Kowal, anyway) has been writing about this debacle. I’ll just leave K. Tempest Bradford’s take on it here: OdysseyCon and why serial harassers are safe in out community.
Oh, and this: Bianna Wu offers her perspective on sexism and second chances. Jim C. Hines
Lessons from the Screenplay – Creating the ultimate antagonist in The Dark Knight.
The new World Fantasy Award design is revealed.
Helen Pluckrose explains postmodernism and its impact: how French “intellectuals” ruined the west. I have to say I hate postmodernism myself, and it’s probably because I never truly “got” it. Bleargh … AREO Magazine
Kristian Wilson: old books smell like chocolate and coffee according to science. Hey, who am I to argue with science? Bustle
Anna Pitoniak shares the writing lessons she learned as an editor for Random House. Literary Hub
Psyche Z. Ready offers a transgender reading of an ancient folktale. Tiny Donkey
James Whitbrook takes a look at the first Thor: Ragnarok trailer. i09
Brian Raftery shares The Last Jedi official trailer. Wired
Sense8 will be back May 5th!
And Orphan Black’s final season begins in June! Andy Swift for TV Line.
That was your informal writerly learnings for the week.
Come on back on Thursday for some thoughty.
In the meantime, be well.