Welcome to the last tipsday of July (!) Is summer really half over? I’ll call for a moment of silence … Half over. Really? Damn. All rightie, then. Console yourselves with some informal writerly learnings.
Disha Walia: ready … set … writing prompts! Richelle Lyn helps you build your brain power. Then, Patrice Gopo explains how the direct address and epistolary essay can energize your writing. Mason Engel provides a reconnaissance report on creativity’s six greatest enemies. Later in the week, Anson Leung shares five tips for writing an emotional piece. DIY MFA
The home that lives in you. Tale Foundry
Donnie Darko’s meaning of life. The Take
K.M. Weiland shares seven tips for opening your story in medias res. Helping Writers Become Authors
Angela Ackerman explains how to avoid writer’s guilt this summer. Then, Lynette M. Burrows helps you create a compelling plot with what-but-therefore. Ellen Buikema shares satisfying ways to end a story. Writers in the Storm
Aztec mythology and the origins of humanity. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Lisa Hall Wilson explains how to identify your character’s emotional triggers. Writers Helping Writers
Tips for discovery writers. Shaelin Writes
Nathan Bransford says, don’t count on agents and publishers to polish your diamond in the rough.
Tiffany Yates Martin: giving your all for the few. Fox Print Editorial
Genre conventions are the must-have elements of story. Worldbuilding in story: how to create a compelling alternate world. Character development: writing believable avatars that change. Story Grid
How to structure the third quarter. Ellen Brock
Kristen Lamb is experiencing optimism overdose: sometimes life stinks.
Chris Winkle cribs lessons from the appropriative writing of Gemma Doyle. Then, Oren Ashkenazi stages a three-way battle between The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Mythcreants
How to build a world building bible. Reedsy
V.M. Braganza lists ten women writing in the time of Shakespeare. Mental Floss
Mary Ann Sieghart asked Ian McEwen, Salman Rushdie, Richard Curtis, and others to recommend books by women every man should read. The Guardian
Silvia Moreno-Garcia shares her fascination with creation gone awry: on the build-a-humans of 19th-century literature. Literary Hub
And that was tipsday.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, and I hope you took away something too support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!