It’s been a tasty week for informal writerly learnings 🙂
Donna Galanti explains how to build suspense: meet your readers in the middle and they will come. Writers in the Storm
It’s been a while, but Fae Rowan is back with part three of her series on five conflict-making choices your characters can make. Writers in the Storm
Anna Elliott: heartbeats. Writer Unboxed
Kathryn Magendie is letting go of the negative dark cycle. Writer Unboxed
Greer Macallister offers 25 truths about the work of writing. Writer Unboxed
Therese Walsh: that time Jane Friedman’s advice saved my novel. Writer Unboxed
Donald Maass has some suggestions in case you’re feeling stuck. Stories don’t get stuck; only writers do. Writer Unboxed
Related: Kristen Lamb wonders if your story is stuck and offers five reasons your novel is breaking down.
And another perspective: sometimes it’s okay to quit the thing you’re writing. Sometimes you have to quit writing a thing. As long as you don’t quit writing all the things. Chuck Wendig @Terribleminds.
Rachael Stephen: Solve any writing problem (with brainstorming!)
Then, she argues that you have to define your theme before you write (and dares you to fight her):
If you have sloppy writing habits, K.M. Weiland shares four strategies to deal with it. Helping Writers Become Authors
Merilyn Simonds drops by Jane Friedman’s blog: how long should it take to write a book?
James Scott Bell takes his turn in the Writers Helping Writers coaching corner: where’s your edge?
Leanne Sowul shares seven lessons learned from tracking her time. DIY MFA
Sera Fiana recommends five self-care tips to improve your writing process. DIY MFA
Jami Gold: what does it mean to write layered characters? Later in the week, she reflects on how goals, needs, and false beliefs create character conflict.
Ellen Brock shows you how to plot your novel fast.
Fay Onyx examines five common harmful representations of disability. Mythcreants
And that was Tipsday.
Come back for your weekly dose of Thoughty on Thursday!
Until then, be well, my writerly friends.