Fall is in the (very chilly) air! Hope all my Canadian friends had marvelous Thanksgiving weekends, but now, it’s back to the grind. Hello, Tuesday-that-feels-like-a-Monday. It’s time to reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
K.M. Weiland explains (very briefly) how to pull off a plot twist. Helping Writers Become Authors
Karen DeBonis recommends you celebrate every writing milestone. Lisa Norman: welcome to the future, part 2. Stefan Emunds shares three principles to make your story experience as real-to-life as possible. Writers in the Storm
Tikbálang, the Filipino nightmare shapeshifter. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Elizabeth Spann Craig shares five tips to make your life easier as a writer.
Greer Macallister: knowing your no. Donald Maass returns with more novels that shouldn’t work but do, and why. Then, Sarah Callender is stealing style, structure, and subject from other writers: imitation and emulation. Susan DeFreitas: I’ll feel what she’s feeling. Yuvi Zalkow is rewriting the bookstore event. Writer Unboxed
Jill Bearup gets creative: the fantasy heroine vs. the writer.
Joe Ponepinto is writing small for a bigger impact. Then, Allison K. Williams says motivation doesn’t finish books. Allison also starts her “Ask an Editor” series answering this question: when should writers stand their ground rather than defer to an editor? Jane Friedman
Tim Hickson fixes the final season of Legend of Korra. Hello, Future Me
E.J. Wenstrom helps you overcome the book promotion scaries. Then, Sara Farmer presents her favourite Jane Austen mysteries. Lori Walker interviews Carol Van Den Hende about finding inspiration and writing purpose-driven fiction. Then, Mason Engel reveals the secret to maintaining the motivation—and discipline—to write: writeforce. Rita Zoey Chin shares five tips for writing dynamic characters. DIY MFA
How to brainstorm effectively. Reedsy
Janice Hardy explains why “the worst that can happen” is terrible writing advice. Fiction University
Becca Puglisi says themes and symbols go together like peas and carrots. Writers Helping Writers
Tiffany Yates Martin discovers how Emi Nietfeld revises: writing and real life. Fox Print Editorial
How to structure a short story. Shaelin Writes
Chris Winkle explains when to kill a hero—or not. Then, Oren Ashkenazi hosts another three-way ANTS death match between Three Parts Dead, House of Blood and Earth, and A Master of Djinn. Mythcreants
Emily Zarevich wonders if Mary Wollstonecraft’s Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark was the original Eat, Pray, Love. JSTOR Daily
Justyna Pawlak and Simon Johnson announce that the scrutiniser of self, France’s Annie Ernaux, beats long path to Nobel literature prize. Reuters
And that was tipsday. Thanks for spending some time with me, and I hope you found something to support your current work(s) in progress, whatever stage they’re at.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends.