Even as various provincial governments consider “opening up,” we are becoming aware of reports from China and South Korea that their attempts to do the same are resulting in another spike in infections and deaths. While I think that, with testing and tracking and sufficient PPE, a certain degree of business resumption can occur, I’m worried that the testing, tracking, and PPE are not in place as yet.
Time will tell.
In the meantime, this week was another rich one for informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
Sara Letourneau explains how your protagonist’s motivations influence your story’s themes. Later in the week, Gabriela Pereira interviews Helen J. Darling for an inside look at self-publishing. Pamela Gay shares five ways to write about something difficult. DIY MFA
Sonja Yoerg encourages you to give your story the time of day. Donald Maass: the meaning of meaning. Julie Carrick Dalton considers the earned plot twist. Jennie Nash: the secret to more efficient revision is pattern recognition. Writer Unboxed
How to develop a novel, part 3: plot & world. Reedsy
Nathan Bransford shows you how to weave exposition naturally into your story. Later in the week, he suggests giving your protagonist a mini-quest before the plot takes off.
Aziraphale and Crowley share a message with the world.
The Take explains the woman-child trope.
Joanna Penn shares her self-editing process. The Creative Penn
Meg LaTorre explains how to juggle writing and parenting. Writers Helping Writers
Juliette Dunn profiles five characters coded as autistic. Mythcreants
What English does that no other languages do. NativLang
Eileen Hunt Botting introduces us to Mary Shelley’s journals of sorrow. The Times Literary Supplement
I’ve been trying to avoid a lot of overt covid-19 material, but Kim Stanley Robinson’s article is too amazing not to share. Coronavirus is rewriting our imaginations. The New Yorker
And this: Sabrina Orah Mark. Fuck the Bread. The Bread is over. On making your own fairy tale, embarking on your own epic tasks, and finding meaning. Beautiful and wrenching and ultimately hopeful. The Paris Review
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ve taken away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!