Happy Tuesday! Time to reward your hard work this week with some informal writerly learnings.
Rheea Mukherjee explains what it’s like to be the bi-cultural writer. Jim Dempsey helps you discover your characters’ goals. Sarah Callender asks, so you think you can write? Kathryn Craft encourages you to use short story collections as novel prompts. Writer Unboxed
James R. Preston has a conversation about pushing the envelope of first person. Becca Puglisi discusses first pages and character emotion. Julie Glover shares ten things she learned from ten years of writing. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland: what is the relationship between plot and theme? Helping Writers Become Authors
Sara Letourneau provides some exercises for exploring the theme of family in your writing. Later in the week, Jeanette the Writer looks at five famously rewritten novels. DIY MFA
Jami Gold is worldbuilding a series but writing without a plan.
Oren Ashkenazi analyses six unsatisfying character arcs. Mythcreants
Nina Munteanu explains how walking in nature helps her write.
Jenna Moreci updates her list of the top ten worst romance tropes.
For balance, Jenna also shares her ten favourite villain tropes.
Jessica Leigh Hester: for centuries, know-it-alls carried beautiful, miniature almanacs wherever they went. Atlas Obscura
Nicola Davis reports on the latest research indicating that Beowulf was the work of a single poet. The Guardian
Alison Flood: “extraordinary” 500-year-old library catalogue reveals works lost to time. The Guardian
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found something to feed your creative process or craft.
I invite you to return on Thursday for some thoughty inspiration.
Until then, be well!