Here we are at the end of September. Where has the month gone?! Console yourselves with some informal writerly learnings.
First: Black and Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
There’s some debate about whether we’re into the second wave here in Canada. We’re seeing infection numbers in several provinces that haven’t been seen since the beginning of May, most of them in younger people. We’ve had 9 new cases in Sudbury in September. It may not seem like a lot, but the fact that the recent cases are community spread from unknown contacts is concerning. I’ve downloaded the government’s covid tracking app even though I hardly leave the house these days.
Anti-mask protests are on the rise. As the government faces a non-confidence vote (we do NOT need an election in the middle of a pandemic), CERB and EI ERB have ended and new transitional benefits through Employment Insurance are being established. The uncertainty is distressing. I won’t mention the distress I feel over the situation in the US. I try not to watch a lot of news. Overwhelm is a thing.
Wear your masks. Wash your hands. Maintain physical distance. Please.
Let’s get to the links:
Vaughn Roycroft: sustaining hope is an artist’s specialty. Then, Julie Duffy wants you to craft titles that hook readers and optimize success. Heather Webb is managing expectations, one book at a time. John J. Kelley: am I still a writer (if words evade me)? Writer Unboxed
Princess Weeks covers the fiery history of book banning. It’s Lit | PBS Storied
K.M. Weiland advises you to use slang in dialogue sparingly. Helping Writers Become Authors
Tim Hickson tackles Dark Lords! Hello, Future Me
Jenna Moreci shares her best tips for writing women.
Janice Hardy offers a recipe for writing a great scene. Fiction University
Nathan Bransford explains how to use hopes and dreams to make characters come alive.
The “fridged woman” trope, explained. The Take
Sara Farmer interviews Sheena Kamal. DIY MFA
Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis created this poetic short film (riffing off their earlier collaboration, How to Be Alone): How to Be at Home. National Film Board of Canada
And, just because it was so lovely, here is How to Be Alone:
Chris Winkle: it’s time to throw out The Hero with a Thousand Faces. While controversial (or maybe just provocative), I always appreciate the opinions and analysis of the team at Mythcreants. HwaTF was never intended to be a writing guide. It has to be said. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes the good and bad climaxes of Marvel’s phase 2.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!