Here we are. How is it already the third week of February? Console yourself with some informal writerly learnings *hugs*
Louise Tondeur guest posts on Jane Friedman’s blog: the myth of plan first and write later (or, you never only write one way).
Rheea Mukherjee joins Writer Unboxed: writing characters who are “smarter” than you.
Kathryn Craft: your story’s valentine to the world (AKA, your query, synopsis, and pages). Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland critiques a brave writer’s work to show how paragraph breaks guide the reader’s experience. Helping Writers Become Authors
September C. Fawkes says, look forward, not backward, to pull your reader in. Writers Helping Writers
Margie Lawson stops by Writers in the Storm to help you put fresh faces on the page.
Sara Letourneau offers some further reading on the theme of family. DIY MFA
Becca Puglisi visits DIY MFA: five vehicles for showing emotion.
Chris Winkle: optimizing your story ideas for stronger engagement. Then, Oren Ashkenazi reveals six mistakes that can kill a great plot. Mythcreants
Chuck Wendig says, your ideas aren’t that interesting. This is less about making you feel bad than about making sure your ideas don’t take the place of, like, actual writing. Terribleminds
In honour of Valentines, Jenna Moreci offers her top ten tips for writing sex scenes. [Features discussion of sex and sexuality. Yeah. Even so, had to be said.]
Krista D. Ball rants: why is AUTHOR NAME taking so long to write their next book? This made me wonder if these impatient readers think they own writers? At the cost of $10 to $20 per book? Really? Gear down, people. Reddit
Later in the week, an 11:45 pm amber alert (and subsequent rescind after midnight) in Ontario resulted in a strange outcry of people who didn’t want their sleep disturbed, even after they learned that the child featured in the alert had been murdered. Seriously? Disturb me all night, every night, if it saves a life.
On that boggling note, I leave you until Thursday, when you can come back for some thoughty.
Until then, be well, my friends.