As we all adjust to the new normal, some things offer continuity. Here are you informal writerly learnings for the week.
K.M. Weiland presents eight challenges (and solutions) to writing at home. Helping Writers Become Authors
Shaelin also offers her advice on how to balance writing and a remote job. Reedsy
Joanna Penn interviews Mark Leslie Lefebvre about getting your book into libraries and bookstores. The Creative Penn
Janice Hardy lists the pros and cons of studying writing craft. Later in the week, she poses five questions that will make your scenes stronger. Fiction University
Gabriela Pereira exposes an internet abomination. How the Internet Archive’s Open Library hurts readers, writers, and the whole publishing industry. Then, Abigail K. Perry wants you to use the Story Grid scene analysis template to read with purpose. DIY MFA
Matthew Norman shares confessions of a former anti-outliner. Donald Maass: the upside of anxiety. Cathy Yardley explains how to strike a balance between productivity and chaos. Writer Unboxed
Susan DeFreitas shows you how to develop a writing practice, part one: stepladders. Then, Lisa Cooper Ellison is writing from the bottom rung. Jane Friedman
Jami Gold considers whether to italicize character internalization. Then, she considers tenses: what is literary past tense?
Tim Hickson explores (and he really does) writing mental illness in video games. Hello, Future Me
Chris Winkle breaks down act one of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. It’s a fun web movie. Ideal for these times. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five contrived legal conflicts in speculative fiction. Mythcreants
Jonathan Bailey recounts the bizarre history of the copyright symbol. Plagiarism Today
Thank you for visiting. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my friends!