This will be the last tipsday until December 7th! Yup, it’s NaNo again. So, stock up for the month and feel free to peruse past weeks’ posts as well. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but this tipsday is jam packed full of writerly goodness. Enjoy!
Kim Bullock faces a fork in the writerly road. KL Burd: “The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.” Elizabeth Huergo discusses genre and its discontents. Then, Milo Todd is losing the magic of writing: The Sweatbox. Heather Webb: Halloween is all about fear; turns out, so is publishing. Writer Unboxed
Racism and horror | Khadija Mbowe
K.M. Weiland poses six questions to help you avoid repetitive scenes. Helping Writers Become Authors
Lisa Cooper Ellison says that structure isn’t the Holy Grail you’re looking for. Jane Friedman
Vivek Hariharan shares six tips for expanding a novel into a series. Live, Write, Thrive
Princess Weekes reveals what the f—k happened behind the scenes of Justice League. Melina Pendulum
Kris Maze offers a worry-free approach to double down on your writing goals. Then, Laurie Schnebly Campbell asks, how deep should you go into your POV? Kathleen Baldwin makes the case for “was” and the much maligned passive voice. Writers in the Storm
Shaelin explains how to write a horror novel. Reedsy
Then she follows up with the best and worst horror tropes. Reedsy
Sue Coletta: what are pinch points and where do they go? Then, Colleen M. Story explains how to tell if you’ve found the best book marketing niche. Lisa Hall-Wilson lists five ways trauma makes your character an unreliable narrator. Writers Helping Writers
Kris Hill is creating characters using collaborative storytelling. Then, Manuela Williams explains how to organize a collection of poetry. Gabriela Pereira interviews Debbie Macomber about writing and publishing a Christmas novel. Then, Alison Stine explains how to write a cli-fi novel. Sarah Van Arsdale shares five ways to resist the inexorable forces pulling you from your writing. DIY MFA
On her own channel, Shaelin shares 20 NaNoWriMo tips. Shaelin Writes
Chuck Wendig reviews the worldbuilding in Villeneuve’s Dune. Emmie Mears shares five things she learned building a writing career the wrong way. Terribleminds
Chris Winkle lists five important ways episodic stories are different. Then, Oren Ahskenazi analyzes To Sleep in a Sea of Stars: how Paolini undercooked his setting. Mythcreants
Princess Weekes shares everything you didn’t know about the father of science fiction. It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Patricia A. Jackson shares a pantser’s tale: follow the white rabbit. Fiction University
Emily Zarka presents the werewolf’s modern metamorphosis. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Kristen Lamb explains how horror can improve your writing in any genre.
Guy Kawasaki interviews Seth Godin: marketing god, blogger, and author. The Remarkable People Podcast
“Queerbaiting” is a tricky term. Don’t abuse it. The Take
Alan Garner: “You don’t want to have a brilliant idea for a novel at the age of 87.” The Guardian
Ena Alvarado reveals the science and slavery in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko. JSTOR Daily
Hanna Flint says that Dune is an accomplished escape into the realm of cinematic Arab appropriation. The New Arab
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!