Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
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!