It’s another tipsday, your opportunity to catch up on some informal writerly goodness.
Black and Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
And in the midst of the pandemic and ongoing demonstration, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg dies. Such a blow for equality and justice. I hope her last wish can be honoured and her absence on SCOTUS won’t be filled until after the US election.
We’re seeing a bump in infection rates and we’re being told to brace for a second wave. This was something epidemiologists predicted could happen, way back in March. People tend to forget this. Despite what a certain president says, we will not have a vaccine that’s widely available before next year.
Wear your masks. Maintain physical distance when possible. Get your flu shots when they become available. Take care and stay safe.
Onto the curation:
K.M. Weiland: the crucial link between your story’s inciting incident and its climactic moment. Helping Writers Become Authors
C.S. Lakin explains how your premise determines your characters. Live, Write, Thrive
Shaelin has a chat about writing selfishly. Shaelin Writes
Eldred Bird says that a great story is like music to the eyes. Then, Barbara Linn Probst explains why your book matters. Later in the week, Jenny Hansen explains why storytellers are the most powerful people in the world. Writers in the Storm
Lucia Tang promotes the art of the constructive critique. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Meg LaTorre lists 17 things she hates to see in romance. iWriterly
Dave King helps you manage your cast. Then, Barbara Linn Probst shares road, neighbourhood, sky: a three-layer approach to writing a novel. Writer Unboxed
Lucy V. Hay shares awesome writing tips from six famous writers. Writers Helping Writers
Jenna Moreci shares her top ten tips for writing fight scenes.
Lauren J. Sharkey talks dollars and sense. And, my latest Speculations: how the NASA-SpaceX collaboration can inspire your writing. Sara Farmer interviews Adam Smyer. Later in the week, Lynne Golodner shares five tips for narrowing your focus. DIY MFA
Susan DeFreitas shares three common issues with early drafts. Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle lists seven ways jokes can sabotage your story. Then, Oren Ashkenazi sheds light on how Le Guin laid a shaky foundation for Earthsea. Mythcreants
Waubgeshig Rice launches his new column at Open Book: stories of the North.
Thanks for the visit. I hope you found something that will support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.