You’ve made it through Monday. Wednesday/humpday is just around the corner. Fortify yourselves with some informal writerly learnings.
The fabulous and flirty fight of The Mask of Zorro. Jill Bearup
Greer Macallister bemoans all the things she doesn’t know (about publishing). Sophie Masson explains how to celebrate new releases. Donald Maass wants you to consider hopes and fears in fiction. Later in the week, Rheea Mukherjee is writing real. Writer Unboxed
Race-baiting, queer-baiting, colorism, featurism, and performative diversity in Bridgerton. | Khadija Mbowe
K.M. Weiland offers an introduction to archetypal stories. Helping Writers Become Authors
J.D. Lasica: do stories have a universal shape? Jane Friedman
Emily Zarka introduces us to the werehyena, the terrifying shapeshifters of African Lore. Monstrum | PBS Storied
The Take explains why we root for Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne.
Janice Hardy shares three steps to grounding your reader in your story world. Later in the week, Janice explains how the opening scene works in a novel. Fiction University
The hipster trope, explained. The Take
Kris Maze helps you sort fact from fiction: “flow” improves the writing life. Writers in the Storm
The magic of childhood in My Neighbour Totoro. Tale Foundry
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you found something to help with your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!