A belated Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers! It’s time to indulge in some informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
K.M. Weiland presents the archetypal antagonists of the crone arc: death blight and tempter. Helping Writers Become Authors
Greer Macallister seeks success without self-promotion. Then Jeanne Kisacky is walking the line between insanity and perseverance. Donald Maass reveals the secret of passive protagonists: seeking vs. suffering. Nancy Johnson: the blessed curse of the second book. Then, David Corbett discusses the character in secret search of midnight. Writer Unboxed
Jill Bearup made armor. In a cave shed. From a box of scraps.
Karen DeBonis helps you navigate a story identity crisis. Then, Eldred Bird wonders, what (the heck) is a MacGuffin? Jenny Hansen: writing and the law of loss aversion. Writers in the Storm
Shaelin helps you edit your short story. Reedsy
Angela Ackerman says, if you want powerful conflict, you can’t forget the stakes. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Then, over on Jami Gold’s blog, Angela explains how to write conflict without “bad guys.”
Bethany Henry is making magic systems that work and wow. Fiction University
Why fat phobia is still a problem onscreen. The Take
E.J. Wenstrom presents book promotion graphics for newbies. Then, Sara Farmer looks at some modern girl detectives. Maan Gabriel shares hacks to combat writer’s block and develop discipline. Then, Jane Elizabeth Hughes offers five tips for writing a historical mystery. DIY MFA
Seth Harwood says, your writing matters; a coach can help. Jane Friedman
The Bond Girl, her secret, and her future. The Take
Chris Winkle explains how to keep mysteries from looking like mistakes. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five stories that break their worlds’ themes. Mythcreants
Lindsay Syhakhom: writing and the art of surrender. Nathan Bransford
Allison Flood celebrates Abdulrazak Gurnah’s 2021 Nobel Prize in literature win. The Guardian
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!