Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings 🙂 Enjoy!
Jan O’Hara receives a wake-up call. Then, Dave King is writing in both directions. Barbara Linn Probst reviews the three aspects of revision: reworking, refining, and revisioning. Later in the week, Desmond Hall drops some more bite-sized writerly learnings on us. Writer Unboxed
Angela Ackerman explains how to make your characters’ choices more difficult. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jill bearup wants to talk to you about your enemies to lovers fixation (see Jenna Moreci, below, for a little writerly how-to).
Jessica Conoley shows you how to use your analyzer switch to increase productivity. Then, Stephanie Bourbon shows you how to fly by the seat of your pants—and win NaNoWriMo. Lizbeth Meredith asks: does the idea of promoting your book make you queasy? Jane Friedman
Emily Zarka recounts the killer origins of the werewolf. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Becca Puglisi reveals how internal conflict fits into the character arc. Live, Write, Thrive
Then, Becca shifts blogs to further discuss failure, conflict, and character arc. Then, Lisa Norman covers publishing dilemmas, distribution, and disruption. Ellen Buikema touts the benefits of writing SMART goals. Writers in the Storm
Jessica Thompson is subverting expectations in satisfying ways. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Louise Harnby answers the question: what is narrative distance?
The “mean girl” trio – three types of bad female leaders. The Take
Nathan explains how to raise the stakes in a novel. Then, Lindsay Syhakhom declares that writing in the library is wonderful. Nathan Bransford
Jeanette the Writer helps you figure out where to put the comma. Tammy Lough: romantic gestures create heat waves. Gabriela Pereira interviews Stephanie Bwa Bwa about world building and the YA fantasy serial. Then, Jessica Vitalis is tackling heavy subjects with middle grade readers. Angela Yeh shares five fun ways to get your butt in the chair (and keep it there). DIY MFA
Jenna Moreci offers her top ten tips for writing enemies to lovers.
J.D. Edwin shares six helpful ways any writer can overcome burnout. The Write Practice
Piper Bayard explains that outside of Hollywood movies, not everything can be “silenced.” Kristen Lamb
Bonnie Randall offers a few foundations of fear in fiction. Fiction University
Chris Winkle explains the problem with multiple viewpoints. Then, Oren Ashkenazi tests how useful Elmore Leonard’s ten rules of writing are. Mythcreants
Shaelin critiques Leonard’s rules, too. It’s interesting to note the differences … Reedsy
Sudbury’s YES Theatre hopes to build new outdoor venue. I remember when this space was open for movie nights and poetry readings and all kinds of artistic events. CBC
A process for the transfer of energy and feeling: George Saunders on the key to great storytelling. Brain Pickings
Kinship: Ursula K. Le Guin’s love poem to trees, the interleaving of life and death, and the eternal flame of being. The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings)
Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!