Welcome to another week of informal writerly learnings.
Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until all Black and Indigenous lives matter. Truth.
Dr. Tam has stated that we should prepare for a second wave of infection in the fall and that we’ll probably be living with covid until 2022 (at least). And young people have been out partying without health precautions in the hundreds in BC.
Children and youth have been getting sick more often, and now they’ve confirmed that young people are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers. Provincially, there has been additional money given to school boards to improve HVAC systems and hire more teachers, but, you know, too little, too late. How do they expect all this work to be accomplished in two and a half weeks (and less, for some school boards)?
There are times that being right makes you sad.
I hope the following shores you up.
K.M. Weiland demonstrates four ways to write sequel scenes that grip readers. Helping Writers Become Authors
Laura Highcove helps you develop your awareness. Then, Bronwen Fleetwood discusses diversity in kidlit: better isn’t enough. Later in the week, Sara Farmer interviews Silvia Moreno-Garcia. DIY MFA
The deeper meaning of time travel stories, explained. The Take
Randy Susan Meyers says that if you’re terrified about writing your novel, that’s excellent! Then, Barbara Linn Probst wants you to begin at the beginning … or maybe not. Kathryn Craft introduces us to hook and inciting incident, the power couple of “must read now!” David Corbett explores identity, authenticity, relationships, and our characters. Writer Unboxed
Princess Weekes considers what makes good queer representation in 2020. Melina Pendulum
Bi-sexuality stories on screen. The Take
Laurence MacNaughton lists six crucial character relationships. Then, Janice Hardy explains why you shouldn’t edit as you go (for the companion post, why you should, click through). Fiction University
September C. Fawkes shares six tricks to layer on stakes. Later in the week, Chrys Fey answers the question: what is writer’s burnout? Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford offers some tips for non-linear narratives.
Leigh Cheak has some Post-It note tips for plotters and pantsers. Then, Lisa Hall-Wilson answers eight questions about deep point of view. Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle lists five common problems with metaphors. Then Oren Ashkenazi considers six consequences of poorly thought-out magic systems. Mythcreants
Roger Kruez: what irony is not. The MIT Press Reader
Robert J. Sawyer: we’re all living in a science fiction novel now. The Toronto Star
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you take away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe.