Please find linked your informal writerly learnings for the week.
Jane Friedman gives you a book launch plan for first-time authors without an online presence.
Jami Gold takes her turn in the Writers Helping Writers coaching corner: episodic vs. epic.
Later in the week, Jami talks transitions on her own blog: meanwhile, back in our subplot …
Piper Bayard helps you win the anxiety war. Writers in the Storm
Sharon Bially touts the power of a writing group for publishing success. Writer Unboxed
David Corbett helps you motivate the reluctant protagonist. Writer Unboxed
Sarah Callender looks at fiction and improv and discovers that they’re sisters from different misters. Writer Unboxed
Kathryn Craft helps you bring your dialog to life. Writer Unboxed
Don’t get rolled by bad publicity. Porter Anderson on Writer Unboxed.
Leanne Sowul interviews Carol van den Hende for DIY MFA: be well, write well.
Melanie Bell shares five books that will help you start and finish your writing. DIY MFA
Steven Pressfield: the villain is not always a person.
Paige Duke helps you survive rejection. Standout Books
Oren Ashkenazi presents six tips for writing sequels. Later in the week, Oren lists five insufficient reasons for including bigotry in your story. Mythcreants
Ursula K. Le Guin explains how to build a new kind of utopia. Electric Lit
Then Ursula appears on Open Democracy, encouraging science fiction and fantasy authors to envision alternatives to capitalism.
CBC Books presents a guide to writing prizes for Canadians.
Jason Guriel: the case against reading everything. The Walrus
Olivia Zaleski reports that two Audible executives depart after harassment probe. The Seattle Times
Have you read “Cat Person” yet? I have, and apparently, I’m in good company: New Yorker short story triggers record-breaking response. Heloise Wood for The Bookseller.
Jessica Jernigan: the book that made me a feminist was written by an abuser. Electric Lit
Naima Coster: my editor was black. Catapult
Be well until Thursday!