A smaller trove from the Tipsday vault this week.
Jane Friedman coaches you on how to immediately improve your query letter’s effectiveness.
K.M. Weiland shares five ways to write a (nearly) perfect first draft (and why you should try). Helping Writers Become Authors
Later in the week, Kate shows you how to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to improve your characters.
Piper Bayard discusses the art of physical surveillance. Writers in the Storm
Emily Wenstrom answers the question, can Facebook ads really boost your author platform? DIY MFA
Oh yeah. It’s me. Talking about time travel. DIY MFA
And so I had to cram this in here: Natalie Zutter wonders, is time travel is science fiction or fantasy? 🙂 Tor.com
Gabriela Pereira interviews DIY MFA columnist and romance author Robin Lovett for her podcast. Now I have an earworm … Let’s talk about sexy, baby / let’s talk about you and me … 😀
Becca Puglisi demystifies worldbuilding. Writers Helping Writers
Remember that post I shared a couple of weeks ago that Foz Meadows took exception to? Yeah, well Janice Hardy takes on the topic, too: why you shouldn’t write every day. Janice makes some points that I seriously considering. I do work a day job and I regularly face burnout because I write like a maniac when I’m not working. Food for thought. Fiction University
Oren Ashkenazi lists five tropes that make a villain look incompetent (and how to avoid them). Mythcreants
Jenna Moreci: how to choose an editor.
Joanna Penn interviews Dan Blank on changes in the publishing industry and launching non-fiction books. The Creative Penn
Claire Light reviews WisCon, the world’s preeminent feminist speculative fiction convention. Literary Hub
Foxy Folklorist, Jeana Jorgensen, explains why the translation of the fairy tale collection you read matters. Patheos
And that, my friends, was you informal writerly learnings for the week 🙂
Come back for some thoughty on Thursday, and in the meantime, be well.