Welcome to tipsday, your chance to top up on informal writerly learnings.
Janice Hardy shares an easy fix for tighter point of view. Hint: nix those filter words! Fiction University
Greer Macallister offers the gift of critique. How to by way of how not to … Sarah Penner encourages you to rethink resolutions and habits as writers in 2021. Donald Maass: the real vs. the unreal. Nancy Johnson compiles this list of published authors sharing wisdom from their debut journeys. David Corbett: what now, storyteller? Writer Unboxed
The female assassin trope, explained. The Take
K.M. Weiland shares seven lessons learned in 2020. Helping Writers Become Authors
Karen DeBonis shares her writing goal for 2021: let go to love more (AKA, how I stopped worrying and learned to love editing). Janice Hardy offers a different approach to writing success this year (i.e. how dumping self-imposed deadlines can increase productivity). Julie Glover: how much of our real life shows up in our fiction? Writers in the Storm
Emily Zarka introduces us to the Kasogonagá: Sky Deity and Absolute Cutie. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Nathan Bransford explains how to set meaningful goals.
Colleen M. Story explains why writers should take more risks this year. Writers Helping Writers
Victoria R. Girmonde: worldview and the MG/YA genre. Story Grid
The wicked stepmother trope, explained. The Take
Joe Bunting offers definitions and examples of the six shapes of stores. The Write Practice
Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five popular stories with conflicts that are too difficult. Mythcreants
Ron Friedman: rotating spacecraft and artificial gravity. Sci and Sci-fi
Clair Armitstead provides the 31-day literary diet for January 2021. Sure, we’re half-way through the month already, but who says you have to finish it all in January? Be a rebel. Start now and continue your literary snacking into February! The Guardian
Jesse Wente is reframing Indigenous stories in joy. CBC’s Ideas
Why should you read Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”? – Yen Pham TED-Ed
Kritika Agrawal shares seven fascinating facts about Octavia Butler. Mental Floss
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!