Welcome to tipsday, your opportunity to fill up on informal writerly learnings for the week!
Also, I’m super excited for the launch of Pirating Pups at When Words Collide this coming Friday, August 12, at 3 pm MT, 5 pm EDT. WWC is virtual again this year and registration is FREE. Find out more on their website.
LA Bourgeois: stalk your curiosity. Stephanie BwaBwa suggests some more tools for your self-publishing toolbox. Then, Olivia Fisher is all about middle-grade fiction. Kris Calvin shows you how to use shared themes in your favorite childhood books to write as an adult. Later in the week, Gilbert Bassey lists five must-haves for a great ending. DIY MFA
Multiverses, nihilism, and how it feels to be alive right now. Like Stories of Old
Greer Macallister: the power of surprise. Donald Maass helps you write elusive inner moments. Then, Sarah Penner provides a writer’s guide to breaking the rules. Rheea Mukherjee shares three things she learned going on submission with her first book. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland shares 13 rules to becoming a better beta reader. Helping Writers Become Authors
Characters who never lived. Tale Foundry
Diana Stout points out the relation between the law of abundance and you as a writer. Then, Janice Hardy helps you create stronger characters by giving them roles. Stefan Emunds explains the yin and yang relationship between psychology and storytelling. Writers in the Storm
Elizabeth Spann Craig offers five tips for getting through a tough spot in a project.
Neil Chase pits antagonist vs. villain: what’s the difference? Writers Helping Writers
Shaelin explains why telling and exposition are actually good. Shaelin Writes
Joanna Penn interviews Sacha Black about lessons learned from three years as a full-time author. The Creative Penn
Nathan Bransford: try to make each scene do more than one thing.
Tiffany Yates Martin explains how Joanna Penn revises by measuring what she creates. Fox Print Editorial
Writing exercises for poets. Reedsy
Chris Winkle reveals how to give social justice feedback (in a way that won’t upset the author). Then, Oren Ashkenazi lists the five reasons prequel stories are so difficult. Mythcreants
Hillel Italie says antitrust trial puts publishing industry in the dock. Associated Press
Vittoria Traverso interviews Pablo Olbi about keeping the centuries-old tradition of Venetian bookbinding alive. Atlas Obscura
Ellen Gutoskey lists nine dirty words with appropriate secondary definitions. Mental Floss
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well!