I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well. Here’s your weekly dose of informal writerly learnings to help fill some of your time (I know you’re all doing what you can to keep yourselves occupied).
Helen J. Darling says that if you’re finding it hard to write, try keeping a pandemic journal. Sara Farmer considers fiction from Daphne du Maurier to Megan Abbott: the gothic horror of womanhood. Later in the week, Gabriela Pereira interviews Jeff Garvin about dismantling the stigma of mental illness. DIY MFA
Lori Freeland helps you understand point of view: P-O-What? Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland explains how to get some writing done: discipline vs. enthusiasm. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jim Dempsey offers a simple guide to symbolism in stories. Kathleen McCleary wants you to fuel your writing with feeling. Barbara Linn Probst shares five ways to light the spark of a novel. Writer Unboxed
Sacha Black wants you to breathe life into your prose with the sense of touch. Writers Helping Writers
Specificity and concrete language. Shaelin Writes
Susan DeFreitas shares part three of her developing a writing practice series: important. Then, Mathina Calliope reveals the easy-to-fix tense problem that might be tripping up your readers. Jane Friedman
Jami Gold explains the difference between passive and active voice: was and not was. Later in the week, she wonders if pandemic anxiety is forcing everyone to count their spoons.
Chris Winkle breaks down act 3 of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Then, Oren Ashkenazi looks at six magic systems that need stricter limits. Mythcreants
Writing fight scenes. Hello, Future Me
Chuck Wendig writes about being broken in half but wanting to be whole. Terribleminds
Steve Toase confronts the default: portraying homelessness in fantasy and science fiction. Tor.com
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you take away something that will support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, stay safe and well, my writerly friends.