It’s time to get your informal writerly learnings for the week 🙂
Jess Lourey touts the therapeutic benefits of writing a novel. Writer Unboxed
Then, she pops over to Jane Friedman’s blog: classic story structures and what they teach us about novel plotting.
Kristen Tsetsi chats with Jane Friedman about how books become bestsellers.
Then, Susan De Freitas guest posts on Jane’s blog: how to spot toxic feedback.
September C. Fawkes visits the Writers Helping Writers coaches’ corner: complex characters and the power of contradiction.
Sarah Juckes offers a cheat’s guide to writing a synopsis. Writers Helping Writers
Remember that crazy Lionel Shriver keynote and the various responses I shared last fall? Well, Keith Cronin tackles the topic for Writer Unboxed: in which a white guy talks about cultural appropriation.
- And then this happened: magazine editor quits after outrage over column in which he posits that cultural appropriation doesn’t exist. Sebastian Leck for The National Post.
- Here is Alicia Elliott’s article originally printed under a different title in Write, the above-mentioned magazine. On seeing and being seen: the difference between writing with empathy and writing with love. Room
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia posted her pitch for indigenous support in light of the Write debacle.
- André Alexis: the complex issues of cultural appropriation and art. The Globe and Mail
There’s more to come on thoughty Thursday, and even more, next week. Stay tuned.
Susan Spann tells you when to walk away from a publishing deal. Writers in the Storm
Janice Hardy differentiates conflict from tension and explains how to make it work for you. Fiction University
Later in the week, Janice helps you figure out what to do when you think you have the wrong protagonist.
Maurice Broaddus visits Terribleminds: wrestling with writer’s block.
Leanne Sowul shares three ways to balance writing and exercise. DIY MFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews K.M. Weiland for DIY MFA radio. Two of my favourite writing women!
Then Gabriela hops over to Writer’s Digest to help you create a valuable email list for your book.
And then, there were three. Three [of my] columns published on DIY MFA! How to dream your way to fantastic fiction.
Oren Ashkenazi reviews five anachronisms that fantasy needs. Mythcreants
Colum McCann offers essential tips for aspiring novelists. The Guardian
Danielle Burby offers a few tips so you can tell if your manuscript is ready. Pub Rants
Jim C. Hines writes about traveling with depression.
Sudbury author, Kristan Cannon, has just published the fourth book in her post-apocalyptic series. Heidi Ulrichsen for The Northern Life.
Jason Guriel: what happens when authors are afraid to stand alone. The Walrus
Andrew Wilson boggles at the persistence of fake news regarding Agatha Christie’s one real life mystery. The Guardian
Holly Williams reads the startling sex letters of Joyce, Kahlo, and O’Keeffe. The Guardian
Looks like Netflix’s Anne with an E is the best kind of adaptation. Sophie Gilbert for The Atlantic.
I so want to see this movie. Wonder Woman.
Aaaaand, we’re done.
Come back on Thursday for some thoughty, won’t you?
Be well until then.