You’ve survived Monday! Reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
Sophie Masson helps you use varied narrative forms in your novel. Then, Dave King wonders if you’re drowning your story in imagery. Barbara Linn Probst wants you to write secondary characters with purpose and pizzaz. Porter Anderson: evil and The Age of Madness. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland: how do you know when you’re a successful author? Helping Writers Become Authors
Ellen Brock explains how to write your novel as an intuitive pantser.
Lori Freeland returns with to comma, or not to comma, part 3. Then, Lynette M. Burrows shares even more things she wishes she knew before she published (also, part 3). Eldred Bird tells a modern writing horror story. Writers in the Storm
Tim Hickson wonders if there’s any hope for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. Hello, Future Me
Lori Walker reviews 1984 by George Orwell—in graphic novel form. Then, Stephanie BwaBwa fills your self-publishing toolkit for authorial success with writing tools. Ashley Christiano helps you beat writer’s block and plot your novel with tarot cards. Brittany Capozzi explains five ways the vagus nerve helps writers focus. DIY MFA
Shaelin explains how to write compelling secondary characters. Reedsy
Ashleigh Renard explains how to make money through social media without being an influencer. Then, Caroline Topperman helps you figure out which social media platform is the best. Jessi Rita Hoffman unpacks children’s dialogue: they don’t talk like adults. Jane Friedman
On her own channel, Shaelin shares how she works on multiple projects. Shaelin Writes
Lucy V. Hay helps you figure out if your story is a mystery, thriller, or horror. Then, Becca Puglisi recommends choosing the right job for your character. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford: writing a book is a time game.
Dr. Moiya McTier explains what constellations mean to different cultures. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Story theme: definition and examples for a controlling idea. Story Grid
Chris Winkle examines six types of downward turning points. Then, Oren Ashkenazi discusses five conflicts with weak turning points, and how to fix them. Mythcreants
Angie Hodapp is zeroing in on comps (part 2). Pub Rants
This story will break your heart—The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Tale Foundry
Anna Russell enters the secret life of Beatrix Potter. The New Yorker
Erin Somers reports how editorial resignations at big houses spark reckoning. Publishers Lunch
Jonah Berger analyzes the science of blockbusters: what makes a good story? University of Pennsylvania, Wharton
Why Game of Thrones already feels dated. The Take
Allegra Hyde considers what makes a great opening line. Literary Hub
Anne Delaney unpacks filler words and floor holders: the sounds our thoughts make. JSTOR Daily
Thanks for spending some time with me, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress, whatever stage it’s at.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!