Here are your informal writerly learnings for the week:
Elissa Field dissects Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Writer Unboxed
Vaughn Roycroft explores the power of writing with the intent of giving your readers the feels: on writing and crying. Writer Unboxed
Heather Webb: they put your book down, but don’t take it personally. Writer Unboxed
Sara Letourneau stops by the Writers Helping Writers coaching corner: mapping your story’s setting.
Angela Ackerman says, if you want memorable characters, you should focus on the little things. Writers Helping Writers
Dan Koboldt visits Writer’s Digest: essential tips for crafting a three-book series.
Leanne Sowul asks, do your commitments reflect your priorities? DIY MFA
Brenda Joyce Patterson wants you to build rigor into your writing process. DIY MFA
Danielle Boccelli directs you to five unlikely places to find inspiration. DIY MFA
Margie Lawson helps you get emotion right on the page. Writers in the Storm
Peter Selgin guest posts on Jane Friedman’s blog. How to make the best of routine events in your fiction.
Jami Gold fills in the blanks of our writing knowledge.
Chris Winkle explains why you should avoid bigoted heroes who learn better. Mythcreants
Oren Ashkenazi lists six stories with contrived conflict (and tips on how to avoid the same mistakes). Mythcreants
Jenna Moreci: how to write while working full time/going to school/being a mother
Emily Temple presents the opinions of 31 authors on the topic of writing what you know. Literary Hub
Jenna Moreci: diversity in fiction.
Lila Shapiro shares the story of how author Keira Drake revised her YA novel after it was criticized for its racism. Was she successful? We’ll have to wait until the revised version is released in March … The Vulture
Sarah Churchwell says, it’s time for women to rewrite the story. The Guardian
David M. Perry: how will publishing deal with Lemony Snicket amid #metoo? Pacific Standard
Just because I still miss her (and probably will for the rest of my life): Ursula K. Le Guin on ageing and what beauty really means. Brain Pickings
Angela Watercutter: how Ava DuVernay became a creator of worlds. Wired
Maeve lists 21 beautiful Irish words that everyone needs in their lives. Buzzfeed
And that was Tipsday.
Be well until Thursday, when you can return for your weekly dose of thoughty 🙂