Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
LA Bourgeois explains why you should stop using the word “should.” Then, Jeanette the Writer wonders how much you should pay an editor? DIY MFA
Ellen Brock provides her writing guide for intuitive plotters. This one feels spot on for me 🙂
Greer Macallister expounds on your novel’s two beginnings. Only begin. Therese Walsh: recovery from (something that tastes an awful lot like) shame. Donald Maass: gods, monsters, and murderbots. Julie Duffy lists the five Fs you should give while writing. Beth Havey: the power of place. Writer Unboxed
Bad writing habits to drop in 2022. Reedsy
Karen DeBonis says that in medias res is a very good place to start your novel. Then, Joseph Lallo offers some advice about worldbuilding for sci-fi authors: terraforming. Lori Brown is embracing the mystery of deep POV. Writers in the Storm
Elizabeth Spann Craig talks about making mini-plans and mini-goals for the year.
Princess Weekes discusses the women of Jane Austen. It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Jane Friedman says that BookTok is a safe haven for young, female readers. Jane Friedman
Colleen M. Story shares four strategies to help writers focus in a world of distractions. Writers Helping Writers
Sympathy for the #pickmegirl The Take
Chris Winkle explains how writing instructors forgo the most vital fiction lesson. Oren Ashkenazi: Way of Kings shows us the damage meta-mysteries can do. Mythcreants
Guy Kawasaki interviews Julia Cameron, queen of change, creative inspiration, and prolific writer. The Remarkable People Podcast
Is Trinity the “real” one? The Take
Jami Attenberg: rejection gave me a fresh start, a new year. “Writing is holy, as my friend Patricia Lockwood says. It is true that it is hard to make it as a writer, or any kind of artist, for that matter. But if you love to write, you should write forever.” The Guardian
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!