Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Trans non-binary folks are non-binary folks.
These pandemic times are increasingly complex ones. Protests against anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism continue even as the world begins to “reopen.” Black and Indigenous people continue to suffer from and die because of police violence but, as has been pointed out, police violence is only the symptom. Institutionalized racism is the virus that must be eradicated.
Here in Canada, the RCMP has recently done an about face, first denying their endemic racism, and then admitting it and committing to do better. In the meantime, Indigenous and Black lives continue to be threatened.
People across the publishing industry—across all media, in fact—have been fired for their racism. Various governments are seriously considering defunding their police. Monuments to white supremacy are falling.
And TERFs who expose their prejudices are being publicly and thoroughly schooled.
The world is still in chaos. But with the continued protests, change is coming. I continue to hope and to support efforts to achieve reform and justice. I continue to listen and learn, because there’s so much I don’t know, and I want to do better.
Onto the informal writerly learnings!
Why poetry is so important/powerful/relevant right now. “Hollow” – Bristol’s City Poet, Vanessa Kisuule.
Jenny Hansen lists the eight Cs of character development. Writers in the Storm
Nya Wilcox busts six writing excuses and explains how she wrote—and published—a novel at the age of eleven. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jane Friedman recommends questions to ask your publisher before you sign the contract.
Laura Highcove offers an introduction to writer’s intuition. DIY MFA
The Take explains the superhero genre.
Jami Gold helps you make the right impression with character introductions. Writers Helping Writers
On her own blog, Jami shares four further tips for making the right impression for your characters.
Jenna Moreci offers her first ten tips for evoking emotion through your writing.
Janice Hardy reveals the hidden danger backstory poses for writers (and it’s not what you think). Fiction University
Nathan Bransford: listen to your characters, but don’t let them run away with your story.
Hard worldbuilding vs. soft worldbuilding. And yes, Tim does discuss Harry Potter as an example of soft worldbuilding, so be warned if J.K.’s recent TERF-dom is offensive or triggering for you. Hello, Future Me
Chris Winkle is judging what backstory to keep and what to let go. Then, Oren Ashkenazi lists what does and doesn’t make a signature weapon cool. Mythcreants
And that is tipsday for this week. Thank you for visiting, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe. Be willing to listen, learn, and do better.