It’s a lovely, sunny Sunday after 20 cm of snow. Please enjoy these informal writerly learnings!
Janice Hardy shares three things to remember when revising from a critique. Later in the week, Janice help you craft hook lines that draw readers in. Fiction University
Christopher Hoffmann: what your dialogue tags say about you. Then, Sangeeta Mehta interviews Jim McCarthy and Paula Munier about what it means to be a full-time author. Finally, Jane herself lists five common story openings you want to avoid—if you can help it. Jane Friedman
Tamar Sloan offers a writer’s roadmap to capturing an unhappy relationship. Writers Helping Writers
Jenna Moreci lists her favourite family tropes.
Nancy Johnson finds a new year brings fresh author envy. “But anticipatory angst is real, if a bit irrational, and I sometimes envy authors who make lists I’m not even eligible for, wondering if my own trajectory will be on par with theirs.” Juliet Marillier wants to be a light in the darkness. What will you use your writerly superpowers for this year? Kathryn Craft is bridging temporal story gaps. David Corbett: wherein we resume our discussion of evil. Writer Unboxed
Jenn Walton hopes you’ll use personality tests to enhance character development. Heather Viera shares five tips for creating a relaxing workspace. DIY MFA
Julie Glover: will your character fight, flee, or freeze? Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle lists five masquerade explanations and why they’re bad. Then, Oren Ashkenazi points out six military blunders in speculative fiction. Mythcreants
Chuck Wendig blogs at clouds (to make a point about blogging). Terribleminds
Robert Lee Brewer distinguishes between heroes and heros. Writer’s Digest
Hélène Schumacher: is this the most powerful word in the English language? BBC
Georgie Hoole introduces us to Cecil Court: the secret alley full of curious old bookshops. Secret London
Thanks for your time and attention. I hope you came away with something you need for your current work in progress.
Until next time, be well, my writerly friends 🙂