July is winding down and we’re heading into the dog days of summer: August. We’ve already had more than our share of hot, humid days—fact, I’m not complaining—and I’m trying to make the most of each one. I hope you’ve been making meaningful progress in your creative projects.
It’s time to reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
Janice Hardy offers a Sunday writing tip: reveal something new in every scene. Then she wonders, are you asking—and answering—the right story questions? Fiction University
Alexa Donne talks about nailing your beginnings (first sentence through first act).
Tracy Hahn-Burkett says, if you want to make a difference, tell a story. Heather Webb offers some notes from a book tour. Keith Cronin shares some serious lessons from a fool on a hill. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland explains how to make your plot a powerful thematic metaphor. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jenn Walton says, let your imagination run wild. Gabriela Pereira crawls inside the mind of a worldbuilding junkie with Fonda Lee. DIY MFA
Angela Ackerman visits Writers in the Storm to discuss character building for pantsers.
Jenna Moreci discusses some of the differences between flat and round characters.
Justin Attas wants you to create a credible magic system. Writers Helping Writers
Lisa Bell wonders, is your writing plan ready for a crisis? Jami Gold
Chris Winkle explains what storytellers should know about normalization. Choose compassion. Write stories that normalize the positive. Then, Oren Ashkenazi examines five stories with premises that don’t suit their settings. Mythcreants
Structuring a chapter. Reedsy
CBC books recommends ten Canadian science fiction and fantasy books you should be reading.
Ada Hoffman is moving towards a neurodiverse future by writing an autistic heroine. Tor.com
Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ve found something for your writerly toolkit.
If you’re looking for some inspiration or research material, be sure to come back on Thursday for some thoughty links.
Until then, be well, my friends 🙂