Another week, another collection of informal writerly goodness.
Black and Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
Wear your masks. Maintain physical distance when you can’t. Wash your hands. Get your flu shot as soon as you can.
K. Tempest Bradford: World Fantasy, the convention that keeps on failing. The lack of diversity on panels and lack of a properly enforced anti-harassment policy have been ongoing for the better part of a decade and organizers are reluctant to admit there are problems, let alone take action on them.
Princess Weekes breaks down true womanhood and black girlhood in media. Melina Pendulum
Jeanette the Writer: yes, there are different types of English. Later in the week, Jeremy Hance explains how he decided to write a memoir about his hilarious mental illness. Then, Ambre Leffler offers five ways to be kind to your eyes. DIY MFA
K.M. Weiland explores the link between the first and second pinch points. Helping Writers Become Authors
Shaelin shares five fantasy tropes to avoid, be careful with, or embrace. Reedsy
Lori Freeland details the five key elements to layering your scene. Later in the week, Jenny Hansen lists the five fears that spook most writers. Writers in the Storm
Janice Hardy explains the difference between a first page that hooks and a novel that hooks. Fiction University
Jim Dempsey wants you to ground your characters with all five senses. Then, Barbara Linn Probst wonders, what is your story about, anyway? Word, phrase, sentence, equation. Later in the week, Anne Greenwood Brown explains how to communicate without words. Writer Unboxed
Alli Sinclair is asking the right questions with character interviews. Writers Helping Writers
Nancy Stohlman extols the benefits of writing flash fiction. Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle shares lessons from the exposition of Crescent City. Then, Oren Ashkenazi lists six signs your story is about the wrong character. Mythcreants
The setting of a story: what is it and how to write it. Reedsy
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!