Your weekly batch of informal writerly learnings has arrived. Get them while they’re hot!
Jan O’Hara shares a display hack for your story’s outline. Dave King: the non-writing part of writing. Then, Barbara Linn Probst wonders, why was my protagonist so prickly? Juliana Baggott explains when to reject rejection. Yuvi Zalkow wants you to make something terrible (and make it again). Writer Unboxed
Janice Hardy says infighting is a lousy way to create conflict in your novel. Then, Bonnie Randall deconstructs Deadly Illusions to explain what not to do with your manuscript. Fiction University
K.M. Weiland explores the queen’s shadow archetypes in part 11 of her archetypal character arcs series. Helping Writers Become Authors
Shaelin Bishop shares her top 12 writing tips. Shaelin Writes
Becca Puglisi shares tips for landing a guest posting gig. Then Barbara Linn Probst shares ten different writing tricks to make your point. Later in the week, Laurie Schnebly Campbell explains when, why and how to show emotion. Writers in the Storm
Jane Friedman explains how the pandemic is affecting book publishing. Jane Friedman
Princess Weekes wonders, what’s in a (pen) name? It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Adam W. Burgess touts the magic of queer fiction. Gabriela Pereira interviews C.L. Clark about character, conflict, and world building in fantasy. Janelle Hardy wants you to shift creative resistance using your body. Then, LA Bougeois shares five creativity exercises to fire up your writing muse. DIY MFA
Lisa Hall-Wilson offers four tips for writing your characters PTSD and trauma memories. Writers Helping Writers
The actress trope. The Take
Chris Winkle offers five tips for using an arbitrary magic system. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five novels with bizarre tangents. Mythcreants
Zoraida Córdova explains what it’s like writing Gamora in ‘Women of Marvel’ #1. Marvel
Camonghne Felix interviews Barry Jenkins about bringing The Underground Railroad to TV. Vanity Fair
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Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.