It’s almost the end of March (!) and time to get your informal writerly learnings on 🙂
Erika Liodice shares some lessons found in a lost year. Heather Webb: your writing process says you’re a failure. Later in the week, John J. Kelley shows you what happens when everything changes—capturing profound character moments. Then, Desmond Hall shares his Desmond’s Drops for March. Writer Unboxed
Jill Bearup analyzes the Max vs. Furiosa fight from Mad Max: Fury Road.
K.M. Weiland continues her archetypal character arcs series with part seven: the mage arc. Helping Writers Become Authors
In search of absolute beauty. Like Stories of Old
Janice Hardy points out two words that lead to a stronger novel. Then, she explains how to show (and not tell) without raising your word count. OMG, do I ever need this! Fiction University
Shaelin helps you deal with creative slumps, writer’s block, and low motivation. Favourite quote: “That’s the bitch of capitalism, baby!” Shaelin Writes
Lisa Cooper Ellison wants you to beware of chapter-by-chapter critiques. Then, Susan DeFreitas lists three pitfalls when writing from your own life. Later in the week, Sharon Oard Warner helps you find your way to the end. Jane Friedman
Dr. Erica Brozovsky explores the unexpected origins of the word monster (w/ Dr. Zarka). Otherwords | PBS Storied
Elizabeth Spann Craig helps you handle perfectionism. The perfect is the enemy of the good.
Becca Puglisi asks, what is your character’s emotional shielding and why does it matter? Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford explains how to write clear physical description.
Savannah Cordova busts some of the biggest myths in the publishing industry. Then, Marina Barakatt recounts how the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl takes over comics: not just dudes in tights. Later in the week, Gabriela Pereira interviews Simon Stephenson about voice, emotion, and metastory in a “mistopia.” Then, Stephanie Kane wants you to look at the bigger story. Gracie Bialecki shares five ways to have a healthy relationship of your writing group. DIY MFA
The serial killer trope, explained. The Take
Lisa Hall-Wilson shows you two ways to help readers connect emotionally with your characters. Later in the week, Ellen Buikema lists ten ideas for inspiring your writing with music. Writers in the Storm
Cordia Pearson: horses as change agents in fantasy. Dan Koboldt
Chris Winkle explains how to pace your story. Then, Oren Ashkenazi shares six principles for becoming a better worldbuilder. Mythcreants
David Shield: this Saskatchewan college is home to some of the rarest books in the world. CBC
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!