You’ve made it through Monday. Reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
Richelle Lyn is discovering the art of book coaching. Then, Gabriela Pereira interviews Sacha Black about crafting your side characters. Amanda Polick reveals three ways the holidays can revive your book. Then Kerry Chaput delves into HERstory, the woman’s side of history. Melanie Moyer recommends five sci-fi books about humans creating artificial intelligence. DIY MFA
Princess Weekes explains why we keep retelling Persephone’s story. Melina Pendulum
K.M. Weiland examines the two halves of the climactic moment. Helping Writers Become Authors
Christina Delay wants you to use awe to spark creativity. Then, Lucy V. Hay explains how to write a compelling antihero. Writers Helping Writers
What are foil characters? Reedsy
Jenny Hansen shares the dreams and confessions of a disorganized writer. Then, Lynette M. Burrows offers 35 tips to a healthier writer you in 2022. Lori Freeland returns with to comma, or not to comma (part 2). Writers in the Storm
Joanna Penn interviews Lisa Cron about Story or Die. The Creative Penn
Elizabeth S. Craig: common mistakes that pull readers out of stories.
Emily Zarka reveals the origins of Krampus, the yuletide monster. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Jim Dempsey sees the future in stories. Then, Barbara Linn Probst takes a closer look at trusting the reader. Porter Anderson gets provocative about chaos, coherence, and the dream of a narrative. Writer Unboxed
Kimberly Fernando provides seven steps for tackling a revise and resubmit (R&R). Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle presents six archetypes for sidekicks. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains how Martha Wells fell into some toxic tropes: building the Raksura. Mythcreants
The good girl trope—why women can’t win. The Take
Angie Hodapp discusses reactive goals vs. proactive goals. Pub Rants
Nina Munteanu: the Witch’s Hat and other fungi tales.
Rebecca Nicholson interviews Carrie-Anne Moss: “There was a scene in the first Matrix with me in stilettos. I could barely stand straight.” The Guardian
Inverse interviews Shohreh Aghdashloo about Chrisjen Avasarala and the final season of The Expanse.
Minyvonne Burke and Michelle Garcia: acclaimed author and activist bell hooks dies at 69. NBC News
Cassie Da Costa hails the second coming of Octavia E. Butler. Vanity Fair
Vincent Schilling announces that Reservation Dogs [loved it!] nominated for a Golden Globe. Indian Country Today
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Happy solstice and cool yule, to those (like me) who celebrate!
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!