Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings.
Therese Walsh reveals the problem behind the problem. Then, Jim Dempsey offers all the writing advice you’ll ever need. Juliet Marillier loves the magic of a writing retreat. Later in the week, Desmond Hall drops some more writing wisdom on us: escalations 1, 2, and 3. Writer Unboxed
Becca Puglisi offers this simple equation: conflict + choices = character agency. Helping Writers Become Authors
Let’s cosplay like it’s 1499. Jill Bearup
Janice Hardy says that the catalyst for character change is the dark night of the soul. Fiction University
Lori Freeland: not just another post on POV. Then, Colleen M. Story explains how your author platform helps you do more than sell books. Lisa Norman: welcome to the future, part 1. Writers in the Storm
Monstrous plants and the people who invent them. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Lisa Poisso says that feedback and editing are matters of the right eyes at the right time. Jami Gold considers point of view: is deeper always better? Writers Helping Writers
Jami follows up with this post on her own site: is deep POV always the best choice?
Junji Ito’s most disturbing story. Tale Foundry
Colice Sanders is rethinking transgender narratives. Then, Disha Wallia explains how to write a hook for speculative fiction. Carol Van Den Hende talks to Deborah Mortimer about intellectual property: copyrights, trademarks, and design marks, oh my! Later in the week, Heather Davis poses five questions that will guarantee you novel has a sturdy structure. DIY MFA
Kristen Tsetsi interviews Kern Carter about how business and creativity go hand in hand. Then, Susan DeFreitas lists three ways writerly grit leads to publishing success. Jane Friedman
How to structure your novel’s climax | Fourth quarter story structure. Ellen Brock
Tiffany Yates Martin wonders how you value your creative worth. Fox Print Editorial
Kristen Lamb lists the seven deadly sins of prologues.
Chris Winkle lists six ways to add emotion to your writing. Then, Oren Ashkenazi hosts a head-to-head-to-head ANTS showdown between Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel. Mythcreants
How to figure out what’s wrong with your story. Reedsy
Guy Kawasaki interviews Elizabeth Gruner about the Zen of writing, reading, and learning. The Remarkable People Podcast
Cait Gordon: the ableism and privilege behind “You must write every day.”
Rebecca Jennings says, in The Rings of Power, it’s not horrifying to be a woman. Vox
Alexi Duggins reports that The Rings of Power stars speak out against racist “threats, harassment, and abuse.” The Guardian
And that was tipsday.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, and I hope you found something to support your current work(s) in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends!