Wish a fond farewell to May with some informal writerly learnings.
Stephanie BwaBwa shares some editing tools for your self-publishing toolbox. Then, Robin Farrar Maass reveals what her MFA taught her and what she learned on her own. Lori Walker lists five ways to deal with burnout. DIY MFA
The psychology of Severance. Like Stories of Old
Vaughn Roycroft considers an Audible enhancement to storytelling. Gwen Hernandez: losing the plot means writing by the seat of your pants. Kelsey Allagood wonders, are your words working hard enough? Danielle Davis: it’s not me, it’s the story. Kathryn Magendie considers painting a chair, when it’s just painting a chair. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland helps you deepen your book’s theme with the thematic square. Helping Writers Become Authors
Princess Weekes thinks Marvel needs to really get Elektra right.
Tiffany Yates Martin poses four questions to ask when writing flashbacks. Then, Laurie Schnebly Campbell wonders, when is your story done? Ellen Buikema is writing memorable character flaws. Writers in the Storm
Colleen M. Story suggests four things to remember when writing about difficult subjects. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Catherine Baab-Maguira presents the Julie & Julia formula: how to turn writing envy into writing success. Then, Sonya Hubers helps you market your book with your values. Jane Friedman
Erica Brozovsky wonders, is gossip … good? Otherwords | PBS Storied
Liz Alterman explains the ins and outs of blurb requests. Then, Becca Puglisi considers subterfuge in dialogue. Writers Helping Writers
The love genre: stories about obsession, courtship, and marriage. Story Grid
Kristen Lamb predicts that boutique books will be the fall of the mega-author titans.
What is xenofiction? Tale Foundry
Tiffany Yates Martin wonders, how can writing matter in the face of suffering? Fox Print Editorial
Chris Winkle shares four ways to create a bittersweet ending. Then, Lewis Jorstad introduces us to four supporting characters your hero can learn from. Mythcreants
Why do we love problematic romances? The Take
Claire Handscombe: the one line that’s missing from all writing advice. Book Riot
Michele Debczak lists seven facts about Octavia Bulter’s Kindred. Mental Floss
Oliver Holmes reports that “How to Murder Your Husband” author found guilty of murdering husband. Life isn’t stranger than fiction … The Guardian
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!