Summer’s finally taking hold up here in northeastern Ontario. Take a refreshing break from your hot day with some informal writerly learnings.
K.M. Weiland shares a short post about capturing authentic human reactions in fiction. Helping Writers Become Authors
Why Stranger Things season 4 is better than ever. The Take
Yuvi Zalkow says most people don’t give a shit about your thing. Then, Susan DeFreitas explains what happens when story is medicine. Donald Maass reviews three modes of story imagination. Then, Sophie Masson considers tense and tension. David Corbett explores contradiction and character. Writer Unboxed
Um … let’s talk about The Princess. Jill Bearup
Karen DeBonis wonders, do you have a toxic productivity issue? Then, Joseph Lallo discusses the diamonds in the rough draft—writing scenes that matter. Julie Glover wonders, can a new location boost your writing productivity? Writers in the Storm
16 questions to ask while line editing. Shaelin Writes
Becca Puglisi says, if you need conflict, just let your characters talk. Then, Colleen M. Story helps you determine which is better for you—traditional or self-publishing? Writers Helping Writers
Colice Sanders is unpacking cultural appropriation. Then, Disha Walia covers trends in speculative fiction. Melissa Haas explains how to turn your indie book into an audiobook. DIY MFA
What hellhounds reveal about humans’ oldest companion. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Obligatory moments in story and genre. The action genre: how to tell an exciting life and death story. The genres of story: definition, examples, and reader expectations. Story Grid
Heather Davis poses seven questions to design a better arc of change for your protagonist. Jane Friedman
How do fairies see our world? Tale Foundry
Tiffany Yates Martin reveals how Katherine Center revises. Fox Print Editorial
Chris Winkle helps you understand character karma. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes six sloppy character arcs in popular stories. Mythcreants
Kat Rosenfield says that sensitivity readers are the new literary gate keepers. I want to clarify one thing: this article is about the misuse/abuse of sensitivity readers by the publishing industry. There are excellent sensitivity readers out there that will help you make your representation more respectful/effective. Reason
And that was tipsday.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!