Welcome to October, my favourite month of the year 🙂 It’s all informal writerly learning treats and no tricks, all month long.
Erika Liodice explores the creative connection between travel and writing. Then, Robin LaFevers is navigating self-doubt. Jennie Nash recommends seven business books every writer should read. Then, Julie Carrick Dalton advises you about knowing when NOT to write. Deanna Cabinian examines the time vs. productivity paradox. Writer Unboxed
Kristen Lamb shares five simple ways to finish a book by making (not finding) time. Then, Cait Reynolds wonders, is podcasting the new blog? Kristen Lamb
Tim Hickson talks soft worldbuilding. Hello, Future Me
K.M. Weiland introduces us to the archetypal antagonists for the king arc: cataclysm and rebel. Helping Writers Become Authors
Susan DeFreitas: can fiction make a difference in the world? Jane wonders whether Black voices in publishing is a trend or a movement. Then, Jane considers what authors earn from digital lending at libraries. Jane Friedman
Shaelin helps you draft a short story. Reedsy
Following up on her last instalment on planting bugs, Piper Bayard explains how to find bugs (writing spies). Then, Kris Maze compares pros and cons of using Scrivener and Plottr for outlining. Writers in the Storm
Elizabeth Spann Craig looks at the pros and cons of outlining.
Death worms: fact or fiction? Monstrum | PBS Storied
Joanna Penn and Mark Leslie Lefebvre discuss co-authoring The Relaxed Writer. The Creative Penn
The “white trash” trope and its hidden agenda. The Take
Richard Marpole says that you’re writing medieval fantasy wrong. Fantasy Faction
Kristin Nelson reveals the connection between velocity, volume, interval, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Then, Angie Hodapp reveals that genre isn’t everything and high concept isn’t king. Pub Rants
How to tell she’s definitely not a Mary Sue. The Take
All the LOLs: the hilarious dictionary of Finnish language and culture. Design You Trust
Allison Flood announces that Laura Jean McKay wins the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The Guardian
Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!