Welcome to June! However you’ve been weathering the pandemic, I hope you’re keeping safe and well. It’s time to reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings.
But first, my brief weekly update.
#Pandemiclife continues, and I’ve heard some confirmation that my employer will keep up to 90% of staff working from home. So, I’m here for the long haul, as expected. I’m also just coming off two weeks of virtual training and entering into two more. In recent years, training of any kind has exhausted me. Virtual training brings its own complications. Still, I seem to be doing a decent job. The feedback has been positive, in any case.
The added distress of violence against people of colour here in Canada and in the US is depressing. It’s reprehensible and I keep hoping—naively—that we’ve grown past such hateful conflicts. My faith in the human race is crumbling.
Here are some good words from some good people (we can take some comfort in that):
Abigail K. Perry demonstrates a Story Grid scene analysis of Giver of Stars. Then, Brenda Joyce Patterson promotes writing small in viral times. Later in the week, Sacha Black shares five ways to improve your description. DIY MFA
Sacha Black drops by Writers Helping Writers, too: three ways to differentiate your characters.
Shaelin explains how to discovery write your novel. Reedsy
Laurie Schnebly Campbell considers the pros and cons of writing a series. Then, Lisa Hall-Wilson offers three exercises to help you dive deeper into character emotions. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland devotes this week’s post and podcast to an editing Q&A. Helping Writers Become Authors
How to stay motivated as a writer. Reedsy
September C. Fawkes stops by Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog: how to write subtext.
Jessi Rita Hoffman discusses the problem of self-conscious writing: do you torture your metaphors? Jane Friedman
Janice Hardy shares a handy checklist to strengthen the narrative drive in your scenes. Then, Swati Teerdhala explains when to tell rather than show. It’s such a delicate balance! Fiction University
Robin LaFevers wants you to break through writer’s block. Writer Unboxed
Jenna Moreci helps you set the scene.
Jami Gold: what do readers want from a story’s POV? Then, she explains that word choice is about more that picking the right word.
Chris Winkle shares six character archetypes for love interests. Oren Ashkenazi facetiously lists seven reasons it’s definitely okay to ignore storytelling rules. Mythcreants
Thanks for visiting. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my friends.