So far, September has been an awesome month, weather-wise. We’ve even had to use the portable air conditioner here and there.
Without further ado, here are your informal writerly learnings for the week. Enjoy!
LA Bourgeois suggests you boost your creativity with a break. Then, F.E. Choe helps you overcome the preciousness of your prose. Lori Walker interview Khirsten Wierman about overcoming differences and the ability to change. Kyomi O’Connor explains how she uses writing as a healing tool. Later in the week, Ellen Barker shares five ways to use literary fiction to write about the pressing topics of today. DIY MFA
How we overcorrected the damsel in distress. The Take
Greer Macallister points out the second most important thing. Then, Tiffany Yates Martin wonders, are you telling yourself the wrong stories? Donald Maass considers novels that shouldn’t work, but do—and why. Then, Kathryn Craft is exposing inner conflict in non-POV characters. David Corbett checks out a new model for self-publishing—Emily Kimelman. Writer Unboxed
Chinnamasta: the headless goddess of self-sacrifice. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
K.M. Weiland wonders, do you need personal experience to write about something? Helping Writers Become Authors
Angela Ackerman explains how to amp up your conflict. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Angela Ackerman says, if you want to build tension, encourage your reader to ask questions. Then, Tom Bentley explains why persistence pays the weary writer. Allison K. Williams reveals how to get published in Modern Love, McSweeney’s, or anywhere else you want. Jane Friedman
How to stay creative as a writer. Reedsy
Nathan Bransford says, don’t criticize a book’s editing unless you saw the original manuscript.
Chris Winkle shares some lessons learned from the cursed writing of Vicious. Then, Oren Ashkenazi evaluates five tropes that sound cool but rarely work. Mythcreants
Tiffany Yates Martin offers a caveat scriptor: when creators become the customers. Fox Print Editorial
Lincoln Michel unpacks some of the stats emerging from the PRH/SS Merger trial: no, most books don’t sell only a dozen copies. It’s a substack newsletter, but you can read one article for free.
We added 370 new words to the dictionary for September 2022. Merriam-Webster
And that was tipsday.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress, whatever stage it’s at.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends!