Here are your informal writerly learnings for the week 🙂
Kathryn Craft offers four tips for translating critique-speak 🙂 Writers in the Storm
Janice Hardy visits Writers in the Storm: six ways your setting can create conflict.
Julia Monroe Martin shares seven things she learned from wrecking her novel. Writer Unboxed
Tracy Hahn-Burkett gives a primer in outlining for pantsers. Writer Unboxed
James Scott Bell offers some tips on how to weave backstory into frontstory. Writer Unboxed
Steven James talks about telling the truth in fiction. Writer Unboxed
Natalia Sylvester explains how white writers can be better allies to writers of colour. Writer Unboxed
Jo Eberhardt compares authentic female characters to Hollywood’s passion for gender-swaps. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland shows us seven ways to write thematically-pertinent antagonists. Helping Writers Become Authors
Later in the week, Kate explains why doubt is the key to flat character arcs.
Janice Hardy stops by Writers Helping Writers: why characters need choices in fiction.
Sara Letourneau continues her series on developing themes in your stories with part 12: the setting. DIY MFA
Ghenet Myrthil: five lessons I learned writing my first middle grade novel. DIY MFA
Tamara Linden presents five myths to plunder for ideas and inspiration. DIY MFA
Jeff Lyons guest posts on Jami Gold’s blog: don’t believe these writing myths, part 1.
What psychology says about the first page of your novel. Tamar Sloan for The Write Life.
Chris Winkle: when dark and gritty is just exploitation. Mythcreants
More Wordstock 2017 news from The Sudbury Star.
Peter Robb interviews Kate Heartfield for Artsfile.
Gear Bear says that in the genre’s new “golden age,” science fiction has won the war. Geekwire podcast.
Tolkien’s plant passion moves botanist to write Flora of Middle-Earth. David Fuchs for NPR.
Ursula K. Le Guin: on power, oppression, and freedom. Vox Populi
Robin Kirk explores epic fantasy and breaking the rules of infrastructure in the interest of speed. Tor.com
I hope you gleaned some writerly goodness from this curation.
Be well until Thursday, my friends!