Here, once again, are your informal writerly learnings!
Jessi Rita Hoffman stops by Jane Friedman’s blog to help you prune hedge words and inflation words from your writing.
K.M. Weiland offers four tips for writing to your right audience. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jael McHenry: on commitments, participation, and the writing community. Writer Unboxed
Donald Maass shows you what happens when worlds collide. Writer Unboxed
Nancy Johnson joins the Writer Unboxed team: the question your novel answers.
Gabriela Pereira takes her turn in the Writers Helping Writers coaching corner. Writing by design, part two: pattern and repetition.
Back on DIY MFA radio, Gabriela interviews Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi: understanding the emotional wound.
Kristen Lamb: great stories are addictive by design.
Janice Hardy offers seven tips for creating believable fantasy and science fiction worlds. Fiction University
Fae Rowan shares a simple tip to help get rid of saggy middles. [But … will it work on ma belleh—lol?] Writers in the Storm
Jami Gold looks at the editing process and what every writer needs to know to improve.
Backtracking a bit to give you episode 1 of Ask a Puppet (Mary Robinette Kowal). Seriously hilarious.
Roz Morris shares three paradoxes of a slow writing process. Nail Your Novel
Chuck Wendig: yes, you can hiss without sibilance. Terribleminds
Breaking their usual pattern of constructive critique, Oren Ashkenazi reviews five novels with strong throughlines for Mythcreants.
Shane Koyczan – Resolution
Jessica Stillman: why you should surround yourself with more books than you’ll ever have time to read. Inc.
E CE Miller shares 21 love letters by authors to inspire you on Valentine’s Day. Bustle
Ryu Spaeth: an education through Earthsea. New Republic
Michael Blanding reports on how plagiarism software unveiled a new source for eleven of Shakespeare’s plays. And no, before the histrionics start, Shakespeare did not plagiarize. The New York Times
Jill Lepore explores the strange and twisted life of Frankenstein. Amazing. Truly. The New Yorker
Krista D. Ball revisits Joanna Russ’s “How to Suppress Women’s Writing” after 35 years. Thought-provoking and anger-inducing. Reddit r/fantasy
Jamil Smith writes about the revolutionary power of Black Panther. Time
I hope your week got off to a great start. Be well until Thursday 🙂