As the covid-19 crisis continues to escalate, keep calm and stock up on informal writerly learnings from the comfort of your home.
Sophie Masson advises us about creating and presenting writing workshops. Jim Dempsey: writing when you’re not writing. Juliet Marillier wants you to tell a tale for our times. Kathryn Craft says, let your protagonist’s light shine. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland uses critique to demonstrate six tips for introducing characters. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jenna Moreci shares her favourite paranormal tropes.
Laurence MacNaughton shares a six-point story checklist for powerful scenes. Then, Janice Hardy offers a three-step plan for returning to a partially finished manuscript. Fiction University
Jami Gold helps you find the right pace for your story. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford: everything writers need to know about book series.
Sara Letourneau offers some writing exercises for exploring the theme of man and the natural world. Later in the week, Dave Chesson shares five tips for levelling up your craft. DIY MFA
Some great tips for creating a consistent writing habit. Reedsy
Becca Puglisi shares eights ways to hook readers at the ends of chapters. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five plot twists that are too obvious. He tackles some well-known, bestselling, award-nominated, or award-winning novels and, while I can see and might even agree with the assessments, I’ll note that it did not have a negative impact on my enjoyment of the novels (well, with one exception, but I won’t get into that here). I think many readers enjoy these books regardless of, or despite, these faulty plot twists and that writing something similar won’t necessarily hurt your chances of publication. You can always strive to do better, and I think that’s the point of the article. Still, take it in context (and don’t panic). Mythcreants
Robert Lee Brewer explains how to daringly and correctly use semicolons. Writer’s Digest
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you took away something to help with your current work in progress.
Now more than ever, be well, my writerly friends.