Here we are, officially in the fall. Take the time to enjoy the turning leaves and the delicious smells of the season. And, of course, spoil yourself with some informal writerly learnings.
Vaughn Roycroft is using theme to leverage revision. Julie Carrick Dalton hopes no one will notice. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland critiques another brave writer to demonstrate ten ways to write excellent dialogue. Helping Writers Become Authors
Susan de Freitas points out three things you won’t learn from an MFA program. Jane Friedman
Joanna Penn interviews James Scott Bell about writing unforgettable endings. Then, Harrison Demchick offers you four ideas to help authors revise a first draft. The Creative Penn
Chris Winkle returns with the fourth aspect of goal-oriented storytelling: satisfaction. Writers Helping Writers
Jenna Moreci offers her top ten tips on character arcs.
Nathan Bransford offers six ways to build intimacy between characters. Later in the week, he asks, are you creating a mystery, or are you just being vague?
Jenn Walton shares three ways to find inspiration at a writing conference (or any work event). DIY MFA
Jenny Hansen wants you to find and share your story’s theme. Writers in the Storm
Chuck Wendig explains how to be a professional author and not die screaming and starving in a lightless abyss. Terribleminds
Jami Gold helps you figure out how to build your story with chapters, scenes, or both. Then, Kris Kennedy returns with part four of her avoid infodumping by making backstory essential series.
Bunny discusses choosing a follow-up strategy for a popular story. Then, Oren Ashkenazi shares five ways to handle parents without killing them. Mythcreants
Robert Lee Brewer advises writers regarding spacing between sentences. Writer’s Digest
Daniel Ross Goodman shows us the haunting magic of Maurice Sendak. National Review
Thank you for visiting. I hope you found something you need to move your work in progress forward.
Until Thursday, be well!