Welcome to tipsday, your opportunity to fill up on informal writerly learnings, every Tuesday (if you want more—moar—check out the archives). Enjoy!
Melissa Haas shares leisure learning links for February 2022. Then, Richelle Lyn shares tales of a solopreneur. Gabriela Pereira interviews Gillian McDunn about neurodiversity, family dynamics and cooking in contemporary middle grade fiction. Dana De Greff helps you open doors in your writing. DIY MFA
Tim Hickson focuses on the most important moment in any story. Hello, Future Me
Kim Bullock introduces us to the little library banned book project. Then, Tiffany Yates Martin reviews some words you’re probably using wrong. Donald Maass: theme vs. meaning. Liza Nash Taylor shares the arc of one author and two book launches in five acts: Freytag’s pandemic. Yuvi Zalkow: storytelling and the Hero’s Journey. Writer Unboxed
The myth of heroic masculine purpose. Like Stories of Old
K.M. Weiland shares five red flags that indicate you might need a break from writing. Helping Writers Become Authors
Tiffany Yates Martin wants you to dig deeper than description for more nuanced characters. Then, James R. Preston wants you to get out from behind the keyboard. Writers in the Storm
How to write your novel’s first chapter. Reedsy
Joanna Penn interviews Johnny B. Truant about pivoting on the creative journey. The Creative Penn
Lisa Poisso recommends best practices for working with an independent editor. Then, Becca Puglisi shares some tips for landing a guest-posting gig. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford wants you to show your characters getting from point a to point b.
Finding your writing process. Shaelin Writes
Jessica Conoley reveals what your writing is training you for. When you change alongside your book: Q&A with Mansi Shah. Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle explains how to write an unhappy ending. Then, Oren Ashkenazi reveals why sequels don’t erase errors in the first book. Mythcreants
Adze: the shapeshifting firefly from West Africa. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Kristen Lamb is creating dimensional characters with personality traits.
Ashawnta Jackson reveals the short but influential run of Ebony and Topaz. JSTOR Daily
Angelarium: The Book of Angels. Tale Foundry
George Saunders helps you overcome uncertainty in writing. Literary Hub
Priya Sidhar wonders, was Brandon Sanderson’s video about burnout relatable? Medium
Unreliable narrators: why we love to be lied to. The Take
Jonathan Thornton provides a readers’ guide to the Finnish weird in translation. More for my TBR list! Tor.com
Leigh Haber interviews Diana Gabaldon about season six of Outlander. Droughtlander ENDED Sunday! Yay! Oprah Daily online
Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!