Here are your informal writerly learnings for the week!
This is October now … and so you know what those of us who do the crazy of NaNoWriMo are doing. Yup. NaNo prep (not to be confused with those other preppers). For the month of October, therefore, I will be posting lots of tasty NaNo prep materials, which can be pretty useful even if you don’t participate 🙂
K.M. Weiland assembles her complete guide to preparing for a successful NaNoWriMo. Helping Writers Become Authors
To help y’all prepare for NaNoWriMo, Janice Hardy’s running a 31 day novel workshop. Here’s the first instalment: brainstorming your idea. Day two: develop your hook. Day three: what’s driving your plot? Day four: creating your characters. Day five: developing your protagonist. Day six: creating the novel’s conflict. Day seven: developing your antagonist.
Laura Highcove lists the pros and cons of NaNoWriMo. DIY MFA
Rachael Stephen continues preptober with how to be an early bird.
Laura Drake helps you find your perfect critique partner. Writers in the Storm
Kristen Lamb has a little tongue-in-cheek advice for you. Fun is for losers! If you aren’t miserable, you’re doing it wrong! Later in the week Kristen returns with 50 shades of butt-in-gear—the ultimate slacker’s guide to writing success.
Bryn Greenwood: haters gonna hate (but you don’t have to). Writer Unboxed
Writerly wisdom from Donald Maass: the world is inside out. Writer Unboxed
Jo Eberhardt encourages us to write like a girl. Writer Unboxed
Gabriela Pereira interviews Jodi Kendall for DIY MFA radio.
C.S. Lakin visits Writers Helping Writers: what’s the dark night moment all about?
Ari Ashkenazi: five ways David Weber built the Honorverse into an immersive world. Mythcreants
Even John Scalzi is having a challenging writing year. Whatever
Elizabeth Bear wonders, where are all the women? Tor.com
Terri Pous shares 17 bits of word nerd trivia. Buzzfeed
And that be it until Thursday, my writerly friends.
Be well until then!