Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter. These aren’t just words. They’re fundamental truths.
I just have to sigh and shake my head. Every “plan” for returning to school is so sketchy … I can’t even. And collectively, the US has just broken five million—FIVE MILLION—cases. The president is finally trying to behave like he cares. Sometimes. But it’s so clear he’s just gesturing emphatically because the election is coming up.
I won’t waste more words we’re all living in/though this nightmare. We know the score.
Let’s proceed to the informal writerly learnings.
K.M. Weiland shares five ways to help writers during the pandemic (plus giveaways to get you started). Helping Writers Become Authors
Science fiction that imagines a future Africa – Nnedi Okorafor. TED
Jeanette the Writer shares tips for editing our bias: how to refer to race in literature. Later in the week, Becca Puglisi helps you choose the right job for your character. DIY MFA
Jenna Moreci lists ten toxic attitude you need to drop as a writer.
Elizabeth Huergo considers Goya’s “The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters.” Donald Maass discusses suspense. Later in the week, Cathy Yardley considers writing with mental illness. Writer Unboxed
Jodi Turchin explains how to drive through the muddy middle of your novel. Fiction University
Lisa Hall-Wilson offers tips on how to research mental health and trauma for your characters. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford says, there’s no excuse for not knowing where your book fits in the market.
Chris Winkle counts down 12 signs a storyteller is building romantic and sexual chemistry. Then, Oren Ashkenazi compares the climaxes of all nine Star Wars movies. Mythcreants
Angela Ackerman stops by Jami Gold’s blog to explore love, work, and office romance.
Princess Weekes and Lindsay Ellis consider what War and Peace has to offer. It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Cynthia Barounis is choosing love over eugenics. JSTOR Daily
Karen Fricker and Carly Maga clarify Jesse Wente’s goal as new chair of the Canada Council for the Arts: to do less harm. The Toronto Star
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.