Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings 🙂
Black and Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
Wear your masks. Maintain physical distance if you can’t. Get you flu shot. We have to take care of each other if we’re going to get through this.
Janice Hardy provides an easy way to find your protagonist’s goal. Fiction University
Becca Puglisi wonders, is compassion fatigue is relevant for your characters? Then, Barbara Linn Probst considers dead and undead darlings. Writers in the Storm
Just in time for Halloween, Jenna Moreci shares her favourite monster tropes in fiction.
And then, Emily Zarka looks at the influence of the Romero zombie. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Finally, The Take considers the final girl trope.
Laura Highcove helps you use your writer’s intuition intentionally. Then, Bronwen Fleetwood considers age categories and wonders who’s being served by them. Later in the week, Gabriela Pereira interviews Carol VanDenHende about book marketing for busy writers. Savannah Cordova shares five bits of writing advice that actually work. DIY MFA
It has come to my attention that you don’t all love Birds of Prey. Cold Crash Pictures
Dave King says, don’t mess with Mama Nature. Then, Kathleen McCleary advises us about writing an ensemble: can we be a pod? Writer Unboxed
Lisa Hall-Wilson explains what you can learn from rhetorical questions in your manuscript. Writer Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford: your writing matters.
Elizabeth McGowan spent nearly two decades writing and revising her book. She finally found a publisher. Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle has some advice for writers using incantations in their magic systems. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains how Red Rising flubs class conflict. Mythcreants
Freytag’s pyramid: the five-act structure, explained. Reedsy
Kathleen Rooney explains how Frank London Brown’s Trumbull Park exposed the brutal legacy of segregation. JSTOR Daily
Dustin Nelson: these are the words that were added to the dictionary the year you were born. Thrillist
Lydia Dishman shares six covid-19 terms that would have made no sense in January. Fast Company
Waubgeshig Rice explains how to engage online (as a writer). Open Book
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress (or your upcoming NaNoWriMo).
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!