And now … it’s time for your informal writerly learnings for the week.
Jane Friedman answers the question, what’s more important, author websites, or social media? Then she follows up with this post: social media for authors is the toughest topic to advise on.
Jami Gold visits Writers Helping Writers: translating story beats into any genre.
Abigail K. Perry: three major roles of minor characters. DIY MFA
Audrey Kalman shares five tips for processing a negative critique. DIY MFA
Slipping this in here because its (kind of) related. Jenna Moreci with part two of her beta reader process:
Brenda Joyce Patterson offers tips and techniques for training your writer’s brain. DIY MFA
Kermeron Hurley talks about creativity and the fear of losing the magic.
Laura Drake explains how to survive a confidence crisis. Writers in the Storm
Sierra Godfrey and Kasey Corbit share three steps for using the tarot for your writing. Writers in the Storm
Janice Hardy guest posts on The Write Practice: why your story conflict isn’t working (and how to fix it).
Kathryn Craft: say a little less; mean a little more. Writer Unboxed
Porter Anderson shares some news you can use (and some you shouldn’t). Writer Unboxed
Kim Alexander helps you put the fan back in fantasy—and get past ye same olde same olde. Kristen Lamb’s blog
Chris Winkle offers some insight into creating an eclectic magic system. Mythcreants
Oren Ashkenazi lists six common problems with long series (and how to fix them). Mythcreants
Anjali Enjeti explains why she’s still trying to get a book deal after ten years. Both heartbreaking and hopeful. The Atlantic
Kim Fahner pays tribute to Gwendolyn MacEwen on Many Gendered Mothers.
The CBC invites you to discover the best in Canadian Indigenous writing.
How to rescue a wet book (!)
Mandalit del Barco interviews Marie Lu for NPR.
Jo Walton: Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Day Before the Revolution” as a moment in a life. Tor.com
Robert Minto wonders, what happens when a science fiction genius starts blogging? New Republic
Abiola Oke interviews Nnedi Okorafor for Okay Africa.
I hope you found something you needed in this curation.
Come back for Thoughty Thursday 🙂
Until then, be well, my friends.