Welcome to the first—and last—tipsday of November! Load up on informal writerly learnings and I’ll see you in December. ‘Cause NaNoWriMo.
Black and Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
Wear your masks. Maintain physical distance. Get your flu shot. We are firmly in the second wave and the situation is getting steadily worse. We all have to pull together to survive and protect each other until a vaccine is available.
Kim Bullock explains why writers need rooms of their own. Later in the week, Barbara O’Neal distinguishes between using memory vs. backstory. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland: the midpoint as the swivel of your novel’s linked structure. Helping Writers Become Authors
Janice Hardy shares six steps to creating a great character. Fiction University
Susan DeFreitas says, don’t hold out for publishing to make you feel seen. Pursue this goal instead. Jane Friedman
The Karen trope, explained. The Take
And then, the witch trope, explained. The Take
Tasha Seegmiller: how do your characters love? Later in the week, Eldred Bird offers some tips for upping your “what if” game. Then, Laurie Schnebly Campbell explains why we love (and resent) alpha males. Writers in the Storm
Gilbert Bassey offers four ways to fix a boring story. Writers Helping Writers
Helen J. Darling wants you to reconnect with your values if you’re feeling stuck. Then, Pamela Taylor helps you create authentic details in historical medicine. Later in the week, Gabriela Pereira interviews Laura Jamison about writing the ensemble cast. Then Sara Farmer interviews Linda Olson. DIY MFA
Shaelin reviews structuring your novel with Dan Harman’s plot embryo. Reedsy
And then, she looks at the traditional three act structure. Reedsy
Jami Gold gives some thought to world building on an epic scale.
Oren Ashkenazi analyzes the mixed climaxes of Marvel’s phase three, part 1. Mythcreants
Kristen Lamb explains why some stories fall apart and fail to hook readers (spoilers: it’s story structure).
Summer H. Paulus offers some insight into the origins of Halloween and its traditions. Fantasy Faction
Tricia Ennis reveals the strange, difficult history of queer coding. SyFy
Aja Romano explains how voice actors are fighting to change an industry that renders them invisible. Vox
Disney’s new content warnings on classic animation featuring racist characters. BBC
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!