Here’s your informal writerly learnings for the week 🙂
Autocrit offers five quick editing wins for December. NaNoWriMo Tumblr
Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary gives an agent’s take on NaNoWriMo.
Lance Schaubert writes a defence of spoilers. Writer Unboxed
Donald Maass objects to the willing suspension of disbelief. Writer Unboxed
Lynne Griffin stops by Writer Unboxed. Dying to know, afraid to find out: building tension in fiction.
Allie Larkin is refilling the well. Writer Unboxed
Kathryn Magendie: the big ole scary monster at the window. Writer Unboxed
Sara Letourneau looks at identity as a theme in YA. DIY MFA
Brenda Joyce Patterson teaches you how to use small forms as steps to a novel. DIY MFA
Jonathan Vars: five tips for building tension into your scenes. DIY MFA
James Scott Bell visits the Writers Helping Writers coaching corner: ten ways to goose the muse.
Julie Glover wonders, what motivates you to finish? Writers in the Storm
Kristen Lamb says all wounds matter: writing better stories.
Jefferson Smith guest posts on Jami Gold’s blog: how can we improve our readers’ experience? Story immersion.
Author Amal El-Mohtar was detained for hours in customs because she was travelling to the States … even though she’s a Canadian citizen. CBC
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel lecture: my twentieth century evening and other small breakthroughs.
Steph Farnsworth: science fiction, speculative fiction, and the problem of imagination erasing race (featuring Nisi Shawl). Stand Up
Here is part one of Adam Fitzgerald’s interview with Samuel Delaney: don’t romanticize science fiction. Literary Hub
Kari Maaren writes through grief: unfinished. Tor.com
Stephanie Marchie describes what happened when she enlisted an algorithm to help her write the perfect piece of science fiction. Wired
Jess Zimmerman: when bad men define good art. Electric Lit
How we eclipse women’s literary brilliance with scandal. Sarah Seltzer for Jezebel.
Sarah Gailey: fear of the female voice. Tor.com
I hope this writerly goodness will sustain you through the week!
Be well until Thoughty Thursday.