Hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine’s Day. It’s time to nourish your creative self with some informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
Janice Hardy shows you how to fix pacing problems: move along. Fiction University
Greer Macallister says your book is always new. Then, David Corbett interviews Damyanti Biswas about transitioning from literary to genre fiction. Kathleen McCleary notes the things that define us. Next, Kathryn Craft shares four ways to organize your third person POVs. Tracy Hahn-Burkett explains how to come back to your writing practice after you’ve been called away. Later in the week, Erma Clare says, friend or foe, ChatGPT has pushed language AI into the spotlight. Writer Unboxed
Six signs your book is ready to query. Reedsy
Diana Stout talks critiques—how to get them and how to receive them. Then, Sandy Vaile wonders, are you writing a shiny idea or a robust story? Stefan Emunds talks about the importance of desires, goals, motivation, and needs in storytelling. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland offers some genre tips on how to write fantasy. Helping Writers Become Authors
Is Yuki-Ona the most terrifying snow monster? Monstrum | PBS Storied
C.S. Lakin helps you understand the intersection of premise and protagonist. Live, Write, Thrive
L. Diane Wolfe is rapid releasing a series. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Nathan Bransford says, if you think writing is easy, you’re probably not very good at it.
How to create subtext. Shaelin Writes
Casey Cooper answers the question, why do speculative things matter? Then, Adam Burgess considers the triumph of Two Boys Kissing. Lori Walker interviews Jenna Miller about her debut author’s journey. Next, JD wonders, why write a palate cleanser? DIY MFA
Tiffany Yates Martin answers the question, should I include a prologue in a query? And other prologue FAQs. Fox Print Editorial
The craft of writing effectively. Though in the academic context and eight years old, it’s applicable to all kinds of writing. University of Chicago Social Sciences
Becca Puglisi considers the moral villain. Writers Helping Writers
Chris Winkle says that managing exposition starts with simplifying the story. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains why Sauron works and Arawn doesn’t. Mythcreants
Kristen Lamb: ‘twas the night before Valentine’s.
Thank you for spending some time with me. I hope you found something to support your current work(s) in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends.