Welcome to another tipsday, your opportunity to fill up on informal writerly learnings 🙂
KL Burd helps you incorporate social issues into your manuscript. Therese Walsh: spring thaws and the buzz of the muse. Then, Juliet Marillier wants you to consider your author photo. Kathryn Craft wants you to embrace unapologetic characterization. Later in the week, David Corbett recounts his experience murdering 22,000 darlings. Writer Unboxed
Shaelin guides you through the process of content and developmental editing. Reedsy
K.M. Weiland covers the mage’s shadow archetypes in part 14 of her archetypal character arcs series. Helping Writers Become Authors
Star Wuerdemann explains how to find compelling comps for your book. Jane Friedman
Joanna Penn interviews Gail Carriger about The Heroine’s Journey. The Creative Penn
Princess Weekes looks at the literary power of manga. It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Laurence MacNaughton shares three shortcuts to character-driven stories. Then, Savannah Cordova helps you figure out which story structure is right for your novel. Fiction University
Stephanie BwaBwa explains how to use bookstagram to increase your novel’s visibility. Then, Olivia Fisher is all about short stories. Gabriela Pereira interviews Suyi Davies Okungbowa about layers of world building in epic fantasy. Later in the week, Melanie Gibson shares five tips for writing about your mental health journey. DIY MFA
How the self-aware teen movie almost killed the genre. The Take
Marissa Graff explains how to power up individual scenes with a scene tracker. Writers Helping Writers
Margie Lawson touts the power of quirky-smirky assonance and alluring alliteration. Then, Ellen Buikema explains the relationship between stress and creativity. Writers in the Storm
Kristine Kathryn Rusch starts a new series: fear-based decision-making (part one).
Chris Winkle lists five ways to incorporate dreams into your plot. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five fascinating monsters in speculative fiction. Mythcreants
Kristen Lamb follows the writer’s journey from total newbie to the joy of mastery.
Vicky Qaio reports that Robert J. Sawyer and Silvia Moreno-Garcia are among the finalists for the 2021 Aurora Awards. CBC
Sagal Mohammed interviews Barry Jenkins about avoiding the exploitation of Black trauma in The Underground Railroad. Buzzfeed
Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!