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K.M. Weiland looks at the words that changed your life and how that helps you discover what made you a writer. Helping Writers Become Authors
Emily Wenstrom shows you how to kickstart 2018 with an author website audit. DIY MFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews Joe Fassler for DIY MFA radio.
Lila Diller lists five types of books writers should read. DIY MFA
Lisa Cron stops by Writers Helping Writers to pose this question: what does your protagonist want before the story starts?
Elizabeth Huergo: woke writing. “… we shouldn’t wait to write and ask questions until we have lost the ability to do both …” Writer Unboxed
Barbara O’Neal explains what writers do in times of trouble. Writer Unboxed
Heather Webb writers about harnessing the kinetic energy of writing—and what happens if you don’t. Writer Unboxed
Jenny Hansen: what kinds of social media posts go viral? Writers in the Storm
Janice Hardy explains the difference between a scene and a sequel. Fiction University
Rachael Stephen shows you how to organize your novel using a bullet journal.
Jami Gold: romance and the language of consent.
Oren Ashkenazi lists five good stories that turned creepy. Good points all. Though I enjoyed some of the shows mentioned, it was an eye-opener to realize how deeply ingrained misogyny is. As writers, we should aim higher, strive to do better. Mythcreants
Jane Hirshfield explains how the liminal frees us from the prison of self (excerpted from “writing and the threshold life”). Brainpickings
David James Nicoll is fighting erasure: women SF writers of the 70s, A through F. Tor.com
I’m absolutely devastated by Ursula K. Le Guin’s death. It was to be expected, but, as other authors have pointed out, she could have died at 108 and it still would have felt too soon.
Here are a few of the slew of tributes:
- Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88. The New York Times
- John Scalzi pays tribute in the Los Angeles Times: spiritual mother of generations of writers.
- Margaret Atwood dubs Le Guin one of the literary greats of the 20th century. The Guardian
- Chuck Wendig compiles some of the best of her writing advice: alas, there are no recipes. Terribleminds
- Jo Walton: bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky. Tor.com
The Handmaid’s Tale season two trailer.
Be well until Thursday, my friends!