It’s the last tipsday of January 2022. Get your informal writerly learnings to see you through the week.
Disha Walia is debunking myths about speculative fiction. Then, Ambre Dawn Leffler suggests you bring coziness to winter writing with hygge. Pamela Taylor shows you where to start with historical fiction. Then, Barb Geiger says, no really. Show. Don’t tell. DIY MFA
The pretty girl trope. The Take
Katey Schultz is getting off the hamster wheel. Then, Jan O’Hara shares what her pup taught her about writing. Dave King reveals how to learn to write. Then, Barbara Linn Probst is finding the path to authenticity. Porter Anderson explores the inevitable näiveté of the past. Writer Unboxed
10 tips for writing strong dialogue. Reedsy
Harrison Demchick explains the roles of causality and plot structure in literary fiction. Then, Jane shows you how to plan and host worthwhile online events. Jane Friedman
Ellen Brock explains how to write the status quo in your novel.
Lisa Hall-Wilson reveals how to use physical pain to show a character’s past trauma. Then, Michelle Barker shows you how self-editing can take your novel to the next stage. Writers Helping Writers
Is there any hope for the Netflix adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender? Hello, Future Me
Angela Ackerman says that if you want your characters to stand out, give them a skill. Then, Lynette M. Burrows shares the things she wishes she knew before she published (part 1). Jenny Hansen shares two aha-moments that boosted her writing confidence. Writers in the Storm
Erica Brozovsky asks, is swearing good for your brain? Otherwords | PBS Storied
Chris Winkle helps you outline a short story in seven steps. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains how Sanderson bungled culture in Way of Kings. Mythcreants
Dune: why do people even like this book? Tale Foundry
Kristen Lamb examines the relation between branding and attention: busy brains in a busy world.
Angie Hodapp discusses kishōtenketsu and non-western story structures. Pub Rants
The gaslit Disney Princess. The Take
Nina Munteanu: when we burn books …
Natalie Zutter says that there are no heroes or villains in Station Eleven, just fans. Tor.com
Reeves Wiedeman delves into the mystery of the spine collector. Vulture
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.