Welcome to October! Energize yourself for the rest of the week with some informal writerly learnings.
Tiffany Yates Martin explains why plots fail. Then, Amanda Miller shares five ways to use community marketing for your book. Jane Friedman
Jenny Hansen suggests a strength-based approach to writing. Then, Lisa Hall-Wilson explains why rhetorical questions help you go deeper with emotions. Eldred Bird is writing through life’s storms. Writers in the Storm
C.S. Lakin helps you show the world through your character’s senses. Live, Write, Thrive
Angela Ackerman says, if you want lifelike characters, create a character bible. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Sauron wasn’t always evil. What happened? The Philosophy of Tolkien. Hello, Future Me
Vaughn Roycroft talks turning points. Then, Kelsey Allagood shares decision trees, angry bees, and other writer brain hacks. Julia Whelan: I’ve heard such mixed things. Jeanne Kisacky wonders who are you reading now? Writer Unboxed
Becca Puglisi explains how to reveal a character’s inner conflict. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford encourages you to close off your protagonist’s easy off-ramps.
Richelle Lyn is designing a logo from scratch. Then, Melanie Bell offers five things to think about when writing a coming-of-age story. Barbara Rubin shares how she found balance between capturing joy, sorrow, humor, and rage in her writing. DIY MFA
Tiffany Yates Martin answers the question, how much should you plot your stories? Fox Print Editorial
How H.P. Lovecraft wrote the unimaginable. Tale Foundry
Nalo Hopkinson has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction
Sean Wetselaar says Judy I. Lin’s recipe for success is fantasy and a cup of tea. The Walrus
Adrian Daub writes about losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds: here at the end of all things. Longreads
Guy Kawasaki interviews Min Kym about her book Gone: A Girl, a Violin, and a Life Unstrung. The Remarkable People Podcast
Jessica Winter explains how E. Nesbit used her grief, her politics, and her imagination to create a new kind of children’s book. The New Yorker
Check out Publishers Weekly’s annual publishing in Canada report. Interesting reading.
Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you took away something to support your current work(s) in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well!