A nice, plump bunch of juicy informal writerly learnings. Yes. I have fresh strawberries on the brain. I drool watching them ripen in the garden!
Anthea Lawson Sharp (who writes romance as Anthea Lawson and Fantasy as Anthea Sharp) talks about the craft of short fiction. Later in the week, Margie Lawson writes about the power of silence on the page. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland makes the final instalment in her Dos and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel series: five ways to earn your audience’s loyalty. Helping Writers Become Authors
Julia Roberts says, writer’s block is a gift (and explains why). Then, H.R. D’Costa shares five ways to ensure readers don’t abandon your book. Jane Friedman
Lisa Lowe Stauffer stops by Fiction University. Jamie Fraser eats an apple: using objects to inject character and world building into dialogue. Later in the week, Janice Hardy explains what setup in a novel actually means and then follows that up with four steps to establish the beginning of your novel.
Chris Winkle makes the next instalment in her goal-oriented storytelling series: tension. Writers Helping Writers
Jenna Moreci offers her definitions of active and passive characters and her tips for writing active characters.
Interestingly, Alexa Donne also expounds on character agency and growth. A theme?
Nathan Bransford explains how to work with a literary agent on edits.
Emily Wenstrom advises what to do when your social media growth stagnates. Here’s my latest speculations column: what psychology and neuroscience contribute to your stories. DIY MFA
Tale Foundry introduces us to eight of Sir Terry Pratchett’s clever(est) characters.
Roz Morris shares the “under-arrest” test for ensuring a satisfying ending. Nail Your Novel
CD Covington thinks the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is good fiction but bad science. Because language. Tor.com
Lynn Neary and Patrick Jarenwattananon celebrate Joy Harjo’s appointment as the first Native American US poet laureate. NPR
That should be enough to see you through until Thursday when I have a tidy batch of thoughty for you 🙂
Until then, be well, my writerly friends!