Welcome to February! Winter is progressing, the light is returning, and we’re beginning to see signs that the lockdown is once again flattening the curve. Yes, there have been problems with the vaccines, but we will see a resolution, sooner rather than later.
You’ve been so good, wearing your mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands. Keep it up! This is the way we beat covid-19. Reward yourself for all your good work with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
Barbara Linn Probst takes a closer look at writer time and reader time. Elizabeth Huergo offers some readings for writers: John le Carré and George Orwell. KL Burd: the soul of art. Later in the week, Heather Webb is writing through the pain. Then, Julie Carrick Dalton says, I choose joy, dammit! Kristin Owens says, you asked for it: when it’s time for critique. Writer Unboxed
Why are we so obsessed with characters being redeemed? Melina Pendulum
Janice Hardy wants you to stop being nice to your characters. Fiction University
Tiffany Yates Martin helps you understand third-person point of view: omniscient, limited, and deep. Then, Susan DeFreitas explains the one thing your novel absolutely must do. Jane Friedman
Shaelin shares 8 simple ways to make your writing better | Reedsy
Then, she explains how to write a closer (or more distant!) point of view | Reedsy
K.M. Weiland: story theory and the quest for meaning. Helping Writers Become Authors
Lisa Hall-Wilson shares four ways to write deeper with personification. Kris Maze advises that if your writing’s in a slump, get into the flow! Writers in the Storm
Why The Hunger Games’ Katniss represents all teen girls. The Take
The bombshell trope, explained. The Take
Christina Delay is creating from the familiar. Writers Helping Writers
Gabriela Pereira interviews Julie Carrick Dalton about multiple timelines, climate fiction, and a childhood code of honor. Then, Sara Farmer interviews Sherry Thomas. DIY MFA
Chris Winkle recommends nine jerkass traits that aren’t toxic or abusive. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five emotional arcs that fell flat. Mythcreants
Vigilantes, retribution, and the pursuit of meaningful justice | Like Stories of Old
John Tattrie introduces us to the extraordinary inner world of Charles R. Saunders, father of Black “sword and soul.” CBC
Michael Martin interviewed Cicely Tyson about her new book, Just as I am, prior to her death. NPR
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!