And now, it’s time to get your mental corn popping.
German Lopez: America’s problem with gun violence, explained. Vox
It’s okay to be smart debunks seven scientific myths.
Peter Coy explains why the periodic table is more important than ever before. Bloomberg
PBS Space Time considers whether Earth’s magnetic poles are flipping.
James Gallagher reports that scientists have identified the gene responsible for left-handedness—which also affects how the brain processes language. BBC
Josh Dzieza follows some storm chasers as they search the clouds for the key to climate change: thunderheads. The Verge
Jessica Stewart showcases the amazing winners of the 2019 bird photographer of the year contest. My Modern Met
Thank you for visiting. I hope you found something to inspire your next creative project.
Until next time, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
It’s time to dig into another week’s worth of informal writerly learnings 🙂
Elizabeth A. Harvey is remembering Toni Morrison. Then, Nancy Johnson shows us how Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye offers a masterclass in craft. Porter Anderson: murders she didn’t write, a provocation on writers in the context of real world gun violence. Rheea Mukherjee: negotiating social privilege as a writer. Jim Dempsey wants you to explore the wonders of your character’s world view. Sarah Callender forgets to remember that writing is an act of faith. Writer Unboxed
Jenna Moreci helps you get back into the writing habit after a break.
C.S. Lakin visits Helping Writers Become Authors: how to evoke reader emotions with “surprisingness.” Then, she heads over to Larry Brook’s Storyfix to explain how to effectively “tell” emotions in fiction.
Emily Wenstrom offers three tips for creating your author newsletter before you’re published. And here’s my latest column: find storytelling inspiration with the women of the Kalevala. Constance Emmett shares five tips for surviving rejection. DIY MFA
Lisa Hall-Wilson shares four ways to go deeper with point of view. Then, Laura Drake starts with character first. Writers in the Storm
Michelle Barker wants you to remember that the wand chooses the wizard. Writers Helping Writers
Janice Hardy explains why you want nitpicky critiquers. Fiction University
Robert Lee Brewer explains the difference between slight of hand and sleight of hand. Writer’s Digest
Some reassuring advice from Chris Winkle: why you shouldn’t worry about someone stealing your manuscript. Then, Oren Ashkenazi offers advice on choosing naval tactics for your pre-gunpowder world. Mythcreants
Sam Bleicher offers some unusual writing tips on dealing with facts in science fiction. The Creative Penn
Ferris Jabr: the story of storytelling. Harper’s
Thanks for visiting. Come back on Thursday for some thoughty.
Until then, be well!