Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
Lauren J. Sharkey shares some advice about investments and returns. Then, Adam Burgess wonders if there’s a genre best suited to LGBTQ+ stories (and why it’s historical fiction). Gabriela Pereira interviews Emily R. King about fantasy inspired by Greek mythology. Later in the week, Aaron Poochigian shares a day in the life of a full-time poet. Then, Indiana Lee suggests five alternative tips to boost creativity for writers. DIY MFA
Jill Bearup tested corsets vs. knives (for science!)
Sophie Masson considers physical journeys in fiction. Then, Sarah Penner shares a pre-launch playbook for debut authors. Donald Maass wants you to think about pacing: faster than the speed of thought. Kathryn Craft presents the three Ws of scene orientation. Later in the week, David Corbett provides some advice on writing our country. Writer Unboxed
Kadija Mbowe analyzes Cuties.
K.M. Weiland explains how to use archetypal character arcs in your stories in part 22 of her archetypal character arcs series. Helping Writers Become Authors
Shaelin explains how to write historical fiction. Reedsy
And she follows it up with historical fiction tropes. Reedsy
Karen DeBonis wants you to find your writing rhythm. Then, Janice Hardy lists five steps to creating a unique character voice. Later in the week, Jenny Hansen (inspired by DeBonis) offers confessions of a devoted scene writer. Writers in the Storm
Why film and TV erased asexuality. The Take
Laurence MacNaughton explains how to stay motivated and keep writing. Fiction University
Becca Puglisi helps you change your reader’s perspective. Writers Helping Writers
Rachel Michelberg says, post-book launch depression is a thing. Jane Friedman
How film and Tv misrepresent neurodiversity. The Take
Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers part eight of her fear-based decision-making series: fear and the future.
Nathan Bransford: don’t step on your surprises.
Chris Winkle shares five simple ways to make your prose easier to read. Then, Oren Ashkenazi lists six signs of a weak throughline. Mythcreants
Monique Gray Smith curated this list of 45 books that share stories and truths by Indigenous authors who identify as women and/or two spirit. CBC Books
Jane an Koeverden: Cherie Dimaline publishing sequel to The Marrow Thieves in fall 2021. CBC Books
Estefania Velez compiles this list of 15 books to celebrate disability pride. The New York Public Library
Guy Kawasaki interviews Haben Girma, lawyer, activist, and advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. The Remarkable People podcast
Ellen Gutoskey lists the fascinating etymologies of 70 common words. Mental Floss
Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!