Ack! It’s the last tipsday of 2021! Where did the year go?
E.J. Wenstrom suggests three author platform resolutions for 2022. Then, Sara Farmer shares her favorite children’s mysteries (so far). J.L. Torres offers a masterclass in short fiction, voice, and opening lines. Then, Carol Van Den Hende considers five 2021 book cover trends. DIY MFA
Tim Hickson shares the seven stories that changed his life. Hello, Future Me
Tom Scott walked into a bar … and then I threw him out a window. Jill Bearup
Vaughn Roycroft: joy to the (writerly) world! Then, Kelsey Allagood says, keep making art, even if the world is ending. Kasey LeBlanc explains how not to miss the forest for the trees: appreciating the long and winding writing road (and its many detours, pitfalls, and stumbles). Then, Erika Liodice shares the 3-2-1 rule for protecting your work in progress. Natalie Hart recommends you give the gift of a good book gush. Writer Unboxed
Dynamic vs. static characters, and why you need both. Reedsy
Susan DeFreitas wonders, what makes a story feel like a story? Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle shares lessons from the vague writing of The Remnant Chronicles. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five movies that audiences loved but critics hated. Mythcreants
Chuck Wendig offers his thoughts on The Matrix: Resurrections, or the conversations art has with itself. Terribleminds
Santa’s cruel fairy tale cousin, the demon of frost. Tale Foundry
Nina Munteanu explains why you should keep a journal.
Hua Hsu considers the revolutionary writing of bell hooks. The New Yorker
Emma Cline unpacks Joan Didion’s specific vision. The New Yorker
Toniann Fernandez: Jeremy O. Harris and Samuel Delaney in conversation. The Paris Review
Julia Métraux wonders if Trinity’s the real hero of The Matrix. JSTOR Daily
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!