Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until all Black and Indigenous lives matter. I don’t have a huge platform, but I’ll make use of it as I can to keep this message front and centre for my readers. I’m still listening. I’m still learning. And I’m still trying to do better.
Meanwhile, reopening continues, to more or less success, given the area/province/state. They’re discovering people who’d apparently recovered from covid getting sick again two months on. Worldwide, the number of cases continue to increase. This thing is a beast.
Let’s get to the informal writerly learnings.
Vaughn Roycroft: regarding privilege, empathy, and voice. Writer Unboxed
A Black booktuber shares her experience. Click through to her other videos and to the resources in the notes. Silence is complicity. Listen. Do the work. Don’t stop. Bookish Realm
And if you’re a booktube fan, legitimately commit to diversify your viewing and support some of these lovely people. Google is a thing you can use. Besides, like one video and YouTube will generally cue up three similar vids for you to check out.
Nic Stone: don’t just read about racism—read about Black people living. Cosmopolitan
Black Lives Matter. How can I help? Jenna Moreci
Joanna Penn interviews Kris Spisak about self-editing your novel. The Creative Penn
K.B. Owen visits Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog: writing real-life historical characters.
Sangeeta Mehta interviews Stefanie Sanchez von Borstel and Leslie Zampetti about writing, pitching, and promoting in the age of coronavirus. Jane Friedman
Lucy V. Hays explains how to avoid a half-baked idea. Writers Helping Writers
Kristen Lamb explains how you can use the Johari window to understand and harness the character blind spot.
Nathan Bransford: the climax should resolve your character’s desires.
Shaelin explains line editing (with examples). Reedsy
Rochelle Melander helps you revise your book for word choice. Fiction University
The Take considers the tomboy trope.
Chris Winkle gets facetious: if stories treated straight couples like they treated queer couples. Then, Oren Ashkenazi considers five over-burdened stories and how to fix them. Mythcreants
Thanks for the visit. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.