And here I am, back with your weekly dose of informal writerly learnings.
Kathryn Craft: the story that holds you back. Hint: it’s the one you tell yourself. Writers in the Storm
Kim Bullock advises you to vanquish emotional overwhelm to increase productivity. Writer Unboxed
Elizabeth Huergo honors Mary Oliver on Writer Unboxed: walk slowly and bow often.
Cathy Yardley guides you from cool idea to premise. Writer Unboxed
Jo Eberhardt mines her (misspent/not misspent) RPG youth: when your characters have minds of their own. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland shares her nine writing goals for 2019. Helping Writers Become Authors
Manuela Williams shares five simple SEO tips for authors. DIY MFA
Pamela Taylor explains how to create authentic details: keeping secrets. DIY MFA
Bess Cozby shares her experience going for six weeks without social media. DIY MFA
Sofia Ashdown shares her top ten editing tips. The Creative Penn
Chuck Wendig explains the story about the story, or, how writers talk about their books. Terribleminds
Becca Puglisi guest posts on Jerry Jenkins’ blog. Got subtext? Writing better dialogue.
Janice Hardy explains what writers need to know about hooks. Fiction University
Chris Winkle shares lessons from The Maze Runner’s point of view disaster. Then, Oren Ashkenazi tackles the problem with oppressed mages. Mythcreants
I post about writer’s grief. WarpWorld
Sangeeta Mehta lists 19 diversity-focused writing conferences and events in 2019. Writer’s Digest
I hope you found something you need to fuel your creative efforts this week.
Come back on Thursday to get your weekly batch of thoughty.
Until then, be well.