Here is your weekly dose of informal writerly learnings.
Linda Yezak shares two simple pacing techniques that grab reader emotions. Helping Writers Become Authors
Susan Donovan offers some tips on writing through life catastrophe. Writers in the Storm
Kim Bullock says that changed perceptions equal character growth. Writer Unboxed
Donald Maass: words when there are no words. Writer Unboxed
Cathy Yardley explains how to write fiction that’s fresh. Writer Unboxed
Jo Eberhardt explains why writers are like magic. Writer Unboxed
Editor Ellen Brock explains how authors hook readers with tasty examples from three books in different genres.
Elisabeth Kauffman answers another ask the editor question: five reasons your revision process may have stalled. DIY MFA
Robin Lovett explains how to balance author voice with writing modes. DIY MFA
C.S. Lakin covers Michael Hauge’s six stages of the hero’s character arc. Writers Helping Writers
Oren Ashkenazi reviews eight absurdities we force on female characters. Mythcreants
Tom Jacobs says that fantasy and science fiction readers make good romantic partners. Pacific Standard
And speaking of good romantic partners, here’s a season 4 teaser for Outlander.
Alison Flood reports on the “spectacular” ancient public library discovered in Germany. The Guardian
Fun with words time! Erika Berlin lists 50 collective nouns for your favourite groups of animals. Mental Floss
Be well until Thursday, when you can come back for some thoughty 🙂