Here is your weekly batch of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy 🙂
K.M. Weiland wants you to find your thematic principle. Helping Writers Become Authors
Vaughn Roycroft, inspired by Jo Eberhardt’s last post, writes about layers of antagonism and why you should embrace them. Dave King: the lessons of genre. “In fact, here’s a dirty little secret: literary fiction often behaves like just another genre.” Julie Carrick Dalton looks at novel writing intensives as an alternative to the MA. Stephanie Cowell explores her novelist’s journey: the ghost worlds within me. Writer Unboxed
Chris Winkle: narrating a close point of view. Mythcreants
Chris Winkle produces the next instalment in the goal-oriented storytelling series: novelty. Then, Sara Letourneau has a helpful strategy if you’re struggling with flashbacks: try using the PAST method. Writers Helping Writers
Lisa Cooper Ellison offers a primer on schmoozing for introverts: how to network like a pro. Then, Barbara Linn Probst stops by to talk about beta readers: who, when, why, and so what? Jane Friedman
Mary Robinette Kowal shares some great advice for debut authors: so, you’ve been nominated for an award … She follows up with another pithy piece on status and hierarchy shifts. Check out the series navigation links. This stuff is GOLD.
Helen J. Darling is helping you build your publishing team: your cover designer. DIY MFA
Alexa Donne muddles through the middle.
Janice Hardy digs into her archives for this fun test to check your scene’s narrative drive. Fiction University
Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes (better known as Bayard & Holmes) help you figure out which firearms can’t be silenced. Then, Margie Lawson drops by to discuss creating compelling cadence. Writers in the Storm
Angela Ackerman visits Jami Gold’s blog: creating characters who clash.
Jenna Moreci helps you identify your category (not genre).
Bryan E. Robinson, PhD shares eight ways to stay mentally fit and mindful during the writing process. Writer’s Digest
And that was Tipsday.
Hope you found something that will take your craft to a new level. Come back on Thursday for some thoughty.
Until then, be well!