And here we are with another week full of informal writerly learnings 🙂
K.M. Weiland: what does it mean to move the plot? Helping Writers Become Authors
Later in the week, Kate shows up with three ways to test your story’s emotional stakes, the latest in her lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe series. This post focuses on Doctor Strange.
Parul Macdonald shares six myths and truths about what editors at publishing houses are looking for. Writer Unboxed
Dave King tells you how to wrap it up. Writer Unboxed
Colleen M. Story explains how to use writer’s intuition to strike creative gold. Writers in the Storm
Jenny Hansen profiles social media personalities for Writers in the Storm.
Laura Drake helps you write a great last line. Writers in the Storm
Jami Gold looks at fixing big problems with small changes.
When is the right time to start building your platform? Kristen Lamb
Gabriela Pereira borrows a pop quiz from Kristen Lamb: are you an aspiring writer? DIY MFA
Stacy B. Woodson: when is a story a romantic suspense? DIY MFA
Gabriela Pereira interviews K.J. Howe about writing strong female characters. DIY MFA
Sara Letourneau shares five reasons to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat. DIY MFA
Kris Spisak guest posts on Jane Friedman’s blog: five commonly confused words starting with A.
Angela Ackerman says, to become a successful writer, you have to develop your intuition. Writers Helping Writers
Adam Haslett examines the perpetual solitude of the writer. Literary Hub
Oren Ashkenazi: five perspective mistakes to avoid. Mythcreants
Chuck Wendig shares the wisdom he’s gained over 5 years and 20 books. Terribleminds
Why isn’t Irish mythology more popular? Tale Foundry
Kaitlyn Johnson: mastering the dreaded synopsis. Writer’s Digest
Steve Fahnestalk: where do I send the SF/F book I just wrote? Amazing Stories
Charles Chu lists the six strategies Isaac Asimov used to write almost 500 books in his lifetime. Quartz
Nisi Shawl continues her crash course in black science fiction series by revisiting Samuel R. Delaney’s The Jewels of Aptor. Tor.com
Martin Rezny: how (and why) to write realistic magic and aliens. A-MA-zing! Electric Lit
Laura Miller reviews Jeff Vandermeer’s Borne. The New Yorker
Jane Eyre – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis (funny, but fabu)
Terri Kapsalis offers a brief history of hysteria, witches, and the wandering uterus. Literary Hub
Emily Temple: The Handmaid’s Tale adapts more than the novel. Literary Hub
The Outlander season 3 trailer (I can’t wait!):
Emily Asher-Perrin reviews the series 10 Doctor Who premiere. Tor.com
AutoCrit shares some writing memes.
I hope you picked up some tasty bits that will help you improve you craft, open your mind, or that entertained you in that special, writerly way 😉
Be well until next I blog!
And virtual hugs all around 🙂