Another tasty batch of informal writerly learnings for you 🙂
K.M. Weiland gracefully admits that she was wrong: eventually, writing does get easier. Helping Writers Become Authors
Later in the week, Kate explains how to take advantage of your four most important characters.
Roz Morris says, if you want to become a writer, social media is a long-term investment for your career. Nail Your Novel
Vaughn Roycroft wonders if you’re destined to write. Writer Unboxed
Dave King wants you to go beyond the first five pages. Writer Unboxed
Annie Neugebauer says, you’re amazing and you can do this! Writer Unboxed
Porter Anderson rounds up some provocative writerly news for Writer Unboxed.
Lisa Cron visits Writers in the Storm to explain how your character’s origin scene is where your story really begins.
Sara Letourneau visits the Writers Helping Writers coaching corner: using real-world locations to ground your story’s setting.
Following up on Sara’s post, Becca Puglisi helps you decide if a writing residency is right for you. Writers Helping Writers
Angela Ackerman makes another entry for the character motivation thesaurus: discovering one’s true self. Writers Helping Writers
Kristen Lamb talks writing process: it ain’t no unicorn hug.
Emily Wenstrom touts the value of an Amazon follow. DIY MFA
Robin Lovett introduces us to the subgenres and varieties of romance. DIY MFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews Jenni Walsh and Bess Cozby on the author/editor relationship. DIY MFA
Chuck Wendig offers a hot, steaming sack of business advice for writers. Hey, blame Victoria (V.E.) Schwab. Terribleminds
Jami Gold tells us what to do when readers don’t believe our stories.
Lesley L. Smith tells you how to put the science in your science fiction. Fiction University
Wendy Laine visits Jami Gold’s blog to discuss diversity and the importance of “Own Voices.”
I told you there’d be more coming on cultural appropriation:
- Drew Hayden Taylor: it may be harmless appropriation to you, but it’s our preservation. The Globe and Mail
- Even John Scalzi speaks his mind: diversity, appropriation, Canada, and me. Whatever
- Gwen Benaway faces the legacy of erasure and cultural appropriation in Canadian literature. The Winnipeg Review
- Stassa Edwards covers the debacle for Jezebel: what can we learn from Canada’s “appropriation prize” literary fiasco?
On the good news end of things: crowdfunding campaign raises thousands for Indigenous writers’ award. Marsha Lederman for The Globe and Mail.
Zora Oneill lists eleven words that make more sense when you know their Arabic roots. Mental Floss
Alex Preston explains how print books have trumped ebooks. The Guardian
From dark to dark: yes, women have always written space opera. Judith Tarr for Tor.com.
Sarah Mangiola interviews Grand Master Jane Yolen: write the damn book. The Portalist
Lili Loufbourow: Jessica Jones is a shattering exploration of rape, addiction, and control (originally published in November 2015, but still a fabulous analysis). The Guardian
Charlie Jane Anders analyzes Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2: the most popular movie in America is all about toxic fatherhood. Tor.com
And that’s it until next Tipsday, but be sure to come back for your dose of mental corn-popping inspiration on Thoughty Thursday!
Be well until then, my friends.