You’ve made it through Monday! Reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
Vaughn Roycroft is living with unpublished characters. Then, Barbara O’Neal is finding the particular. Barbara Linn Probst considers writing: is it an art, identity, or profession? Why not all three? Later in the week, Porter Anderson gets provocative about flights of self-censorship. Then, Kelsey Allagood explains how creation myths affect character motivation. Writer Unboxed
Princess Weekes explains how true crime reveals the corruption and failures of the legal system. Melina Pendulum
K.M. Weiland explains why you should always identify your characters, pronto. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jane (herself) says, the value of book distribution is often misunderstood by authors. Then, Tiffany Yates Martin shares the secret to a tight, propulsive plot: the want, the action, the shift. Sangeeta Mehta interviews agents Michelle Brower and Jennifer Chen Tran about whether you should publish with a small press. Jane Friedman
Related: E.J. Wenstrom shares what she’s learned in six years of small press publishing. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Story structures: In medias res. Reedsy
Melinda VanLone offers some advice for branding a series. Then, Lisa Norman lists seven things every author website needs. Miffie Seideman offers some helpful advice on writing about drugs: Fentanyl 101. Writers in the Storm
Andrea Turrentine shares two key factors in successfully outlining stories. Live, Write, Thrive
Rayne Hall lists 11 reasons you should submit your short stories to anthologies. Then, Janice Hardy wonders, why ask why? Because your readers will. Bonnie Randall considers the risks and rewards of uncommon narrative structures. Fiction University
Nathan Bransford advises what to cut when your book is too long. Nathan Bransford
Seven-point story structure. Reedsy
Ambre Dawn Lefler wants you to be a conference guru. Then, Susan Francis Morris explains how writing helped her live life after trauma. Later in the week, LA Bourgeois offers five ways to trick yourself into writing. DIY MFA
E.J. Wenstrom explains why we need ADHD representation in fiction. Terribleminds
Christina Delay is breaking free. Writers Helping Writers
Why it’s time to write out the nag. The Take
Angie Hodapp introduces us to the trinity of premise, plot, and prose. What happens when one is missing? Then, Kristin Nelson shares 14 reasons why agenting is harder now than it was 20 years ago. Pub Rants
Nina Munteanu: to boldly go where no human has gone before ….
Rebecca Thomas explores Mi’kmaw language in poetry collection: I Place you into the Fire. CBC’s The Next Chapter
Vicky Qiao reports that Ojibway journalist and author Tanya Talaga to write three new nonfiction books. The first will be published in 2023. CBC
Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!