It’s tipsday! That means you’ve made it through Monday 🙂 Celebrate with some informal writerly learnings.
Sophie Masson is cooking up great book buzz. Then, Jim Dempsey explains how to tap into your characters’ emotions. Barbara Linn Probst wants you to go beyond description with story-relevant aspects of setting. Then, Matthew Norman shares the best writing advice he’s ever gotten. Kelsey Allagood says, active protagonists are tools of the patriarchy. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland looks at the archetypal antagonists for the hero arc: the dragon and the sick king. Helping Writers Become Authors
Shang Chi: I can see clearly now … Jill Bearup
Jennie Nash asks, why write this book? Then, Anna David explains why and how she got her rights back from HarperCollins. Jane Friedman
Eldred Bird: everything has a story. Then, Piper Bayard explains how to bug a room (writing spies). Jenny Hansen: what if my [insert person] reads this? Writers in the Storm
John Kerr lists five story structures to use in your writing. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Kellie Doherty introduces us to some autumn deities. Fantasy Faction
How do we criticize our own? (Also, stop calling Lizzo a mammy.) Melina Pendulum
Jami Gold: if your story’s not behaving, try going deeper into structure. Then, Christina Kaye lists the three things you should consider before choosing your fiction genre. Writers Helping Writers
Olivia Fisher recounts her long road to becoming a freelance editor, part 1. And here’s my latest Speculations: one author’s journey on the autism spectrum. Sonia Hartl explains the importance of friendships in YA. Then, Kanh Ha shares five tips on writing fiction. DIY MFA
The Oedipus Complex: Film and TV’s Freudian obsession. The Take
Kristen Lamb considers types of plot twists and why they’re amazing for stories.
Christine Pride explains how a book goes from acquisitions to books store shelves. Nathan Bransford
Chris Winkle explains why you shouldn’t write a masterpiece. Then, Oren Ashkenazi scores WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki on engagement. Mythcreants
Susanna Clarke: I’d really ceased to think of myself as a writer. The Guardian
5X15 presents Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke.
Beth Cato: shared pain. Nature
James Whitbrook: Marvel’s Eternals star, Lauren Ridloff, wants movie theatres to be more accessible for everyone. Gizmodo
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!