March first was lamb-like. I’m hoping for a gentle month. How about you?
Now, it’s time to get your fill of informal writerly learnings.
Tiffany Yates Martin lists ten specific ways to encourage your reader to like your protagonist. Kris Maze shares five steps to becoming a superstar self-editor. Writers in the Storm
Julia Munroe Martin is not above spying … again. Barbara Linn Probst is taking it scene by scene: the “middle level” of writing. Heather Webb tackles the social media meltdown and burnout. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland shares the professional resources she uses for all aspects of writing and publishing processes. Helping Writers Become Authors
Do you need to outline your book? Reedsy
Then, Shaelin recommends how to develop your best writing process. Reedsy
Joanna Penn interviews Barbara Poelle about finding and pitching a literary agent. The Creative Penn
Sarah Chauncey lists five flashback mistakes. Jane Friedman
Nathan Bransford: don’t release the tension.
Manuela Williams shares five tips for writing an author bio that stands out. DIY MFA
Jami Gold explains how to get advice from an editor. Later in the week, she wonders, do our stories have deeper meanings?
Chris Winkle lists the four essentials of an effective character arc. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains how to use failure in your story. Mythcreants
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you took away something tasty that will support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well!
The time from Solstice through New Year’s Eve is generally slow for informal writerly learnings. Everyone is (and rightly so) spending time with friends and family, celebrating. Thus, this week will be video heavy, but it’s all writerly goodness 🙂
Also, happy New Year and new decade, everyone! May it bring us hope and peace and all good things.
Tasha Seegmiller: reflecting and goal-setting for writers. Writers in the Storm
Joanna Penn and Orna Ross reflect on a decade of self-publishing. The Creative Penn
Helen J. Darling offers six tips on working with an editor (post-NaNoWriMo). DIY MFA
Shaelin talks about writing a great first line. Reedsy
Gabe explains how to write backstory. Bookishpixie
And here’s Tim Hickson’s take on flashbacks and backstory. Hello, Future Me
Chris Winkle wants you to tame your exposition. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains how to tell a story within a story. Mythcreants
Thanks for visiting and I hope something in this mix has given you what you need to progress in your current work in progress.
Until next time, be well!
Here is your weekly batch of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy 🙂
K.M. Weiland wants you to find your thematic principle. Helping Writers Become Authors
Vaughn Roycroft, inspired by Jo Eberhardt’s last post, writes about layers of antagonism and why you should embrace them. Dave King: the lessons of genre. “In fact, here’s a dirty little secret: literary fiction often behaves like just another genre.” Julie Carrick Dalton looks at novel writing intensives as an alternative to the MA. Stephanie Cowell explores her novelist’s journey: the ghost worlds within me. Writer Unboxed
Chris Winkle: narrating a close point of view. Mythcreants
Chris Winkle produces the next instalment in the goal-oriented storytelling series: novelty. Then, Sara Letourneau has a helpful strategy if you’re struggling with flashbacks: try using the PAST method. Writers Helping Writers
Lisa Cooper Ellison offers a primer on schmoozing for introverts: how to network like a pro. Then, Barbara Linn Probst stops by to talk about beta readers: who, when, why, and so what? Jane Friedman
Mary Robinette Kowal shares some great advice for debut authors: so, you’ve been nominated for an award … She follows up with another pithy piece on status and hierarchy shifts. Check out the series navigation links. This stuff is GOLD.
Helen J. Darling is helping you build your publishing team: your cover designer. DIY MFA
Alexa Donne muddles through the middle.
Janice Hardy digs into her archives for this fun test to check your scene’s narrative drive. Fiction University
Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes (better known as Bayard & Holmes) help you figure out which firearms can’t be silenced. Then, Margie Lawson drops by to discuss creating compelling cadence. Writers in the Storm
Angela Ackerman visits Jami Gold’s blog: creating characters who clash.
Jenna Moreci helps you identify your category (not genre).
Bryan E. Robinson, PhD shares eight ways to stay mentally fit and mindful during the writing process. Writer’s Digest
Nina Munteanu: surfing Schumann’s wave and catching the ion spray. Everything in life is vibration.
And that was Tipsday.
Hope you found something that will take your craft to a new level. Come back on Thursday for some thoughty.
Until then, be well!