Week four of August is here along with your weekly batch of informal writerly learnings! Enjoy!
K.M. Weiland explains how to write emotional scenes (without making them cringey). Helping Writers Become Authors
Lisa Norman reveals how to painlessly generate dozens of blog ideas. Then, Sandy Vaile digs into research: how far will fiction authors go for facts? Laurie Schnebly Campbell wonders how much does genre matter? Writers in the Storm
Joanna Penn interviews Becca Puglisi about writing conflict. The Creative Penn
How to write a plot summary and a synopsis. Reedsy
Roz Morris considers using real people in historical fiction—how much can you invent? Nail Your Novel
Barbara Linn Probst wonders what does “award-winning author” mean—and does it matter? Then, Marcie Geffner discusses aphantasia and writing fiction with no “mind’s eye.” Writer Unboxed
AJ Harper helps you get in front of your readers’ doubts and objections. Jane Friedman
Good characters are overrated. Tale Foundry
Christina Delay: small focus. Big creativity. Becca Puglisi wants you to use your character’s career to support your story’s theme. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford says don’t outsource your agent search.
Kris Hill considers fairy tales and once upon a time. Manuela Williams: what is the poetry of witness? Then, Daria White proposes an alternative to traditional time management for writers. Abigail Cutter suggests five ways to get inside your historical characters’ heads. DIY MFA
This fight changed everything … Jill Bearup
Angela Ackerman: does conflict really belong on every page? Jami Gold
Tiffany Yates Martin explains how to write a query letter (without losing your mind). Fox Print Editorial
Kristen Lamb examines the priority parallax: what’s truly important?
Chris Winkle lists ten reasons your characters might stop communicating. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five stories with well-written families. Mythcreants
How to write your first novel. Reedsy
Chris Martin discusses poetry, autism, and the joy of working with neurodiverse writers. Literary Hub
Peter Kafka: the newsletter boom is over. What’s next? Vox
S.L. Huang investigates the ghost of workshops past: how communism, conservatism, and the Cold War still mold our paths to SFF writing. Outstanding essay! Tor.com
Thank you for spending some time with me. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well!