It’s the last tipsday of September. Finish off the month in style by filling up on informal writerly learnings!
Disha Walia advises what not to include in the first chapter. Then, Angela Yeh helps you move past the middle muddle mood. Best line: “Writing a novel isn’t all sunshine and unicorn butts.” Adam W. Burgess presents LGBTQ+ literature in translation: Notes of a Desolate Man. Helen Scheurerer offers a masterclass in planning and writing a series. Later in the week, Diane Cohen Schneider shares five tips on how to add facts to fiction without sounding wonky. DIY MFA
Why Marilyn Monroe deserved much, much better from us. The Take
Matthew Norman recounts the thrill of changing lanes. Then, Dave King shares the view from inside. Barbara Linn Probst tell some wild and crazy research tales, or the things we do for our stories. Then, Julie Carrick Dalton explains how to attend a literary conference without checking a bag: keep calm and carry-on. Writer Unboxed
What’s up with your shoes? Another armour tier list. Jill Bearup
Janice Hardy suggests five ways to revive a novel that doesn’t work. Fiction University
Penny C. Sansevieri explains why writing conferences matter for writers. Then, Lynette M. Burrows helps you make music with character voices. Ellen Buikema is writing minor characters that matter. Writers in the Storm
Kahina Necaise presents the top four challenges of fantasy worldbuilding and how to overcome them. Live, Write, Thrive
Valkyries: the real story behind these warriors of legend. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Di Ann Mills shares the art and purpose of subtext. Then, Jennifer Browdy is transforming coal into diamonds: telling painful true stories through fiction. Jane expands on her DOJ vs. PRH antitrust trial coverage in The Hot Sheet to explain why it doesn’t change the game for authors, regardless of outcome. Lisa Cooper Ellison says, to nail your book proposal, think synergies, not sections. Jane Friedman
Worldbuilding with giant monsters. Tale Foundry
Lucy V. Hay helps you reach the finishing line and celebrate a completed book. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford warns, don’t let your opening cement in your mind.
Literally no one likes a grammar cop. Otherwords | PBS Storied
Kristen Lamb explains how shame, regret, and guilt shape story.
Christina Delay advises us about avoiding blocks and refreshing ideas. Jami Gold
How much does it cost to self-publish a book? Reedsy
Lucy Knight announces that Hilary Mantel, celebrated author of Wolf Hall, dies aged 70. The Guardian
The five principles of revision. Shaelin Writes
Leah Drayton reveals Toni Morrison’s advocacy against censorship: truth is trouble. The New York Public Library
Stephanie Morris shares autumnal equinox writing tips and rituals. Write of Die Tribe
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you found something toe support your current work(s) in progress, whatever stage they’re at.
Until Thursday, keep stay safe and well, my writerly friends!