Welcome to the second week of March, the week that starts out with daylight savings time and International Women’s Day, proceeds through the full moon, and ends with Friday the 13th!
You’re going to need some informal writerly learnings to see you through.
Greer Macallister says, instead of promotion, try participation. Nancy Johnson: you had me at the title. Donald Maass: it can’t happen here. Bryn Greenwood can’t decide whether it’s a sophomore slump or derailment. Steven James: they just won’t understand. File in writers is weird. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland: creativity vs. the ego, or, the value of unpublishable stories. Helping Writers Become Authors
James Scott Bell: synopsis writing made easy. Writers Helping Writers
Susanne Cokal lists four reasons to spend time with “bad” books. Jane Friedman
Nathan Bransford: you gotta tell the story. No matter what.
Shaelin offers eleven tips for new writers. I think these work for everyone. If nothing else, they’re good reminders. Reedsy
Jenn Walton explains how to deepen characters by assessing their fears. Sara Farmer introduces us to Jo March’s twisted sisters: the thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. Gabriela Pereira interviews Claire Waller about writing an unlikable but sympathetic protagonist. DIY MFA
Eldred Bird is colouring with words. Writers in the Storm
Kassandra Lamb explains the importance of backstory, or, how the brain connects the present with the past. Then, Janice Hardy shares three reasons your perfectly good scene is boring your readers. Later in the week, Janice offers tips for showing character motivation. Fiction University
Jenna Moreci discusses the breaking point.
Chris Winkle explains how to describe female characters without degrading them. Then, Oren Ashkenazi recommends five questions to diagnose an overpowered hero. Mythcreants
Robert Lee Brewer extols the virtues of the Oxford, or serial, comma. Writer’s Digest
Sad news for the already small Canadian publishing scene. Bryan Eneas reports on the bankruptcy of Coteau books, closing their doors after 45 years. CBC
Thank you for visiting and I hope you came away with some fabulous resources to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well, my writerly friends 🙂