A fair number of vids this week, just to appeal to the visual learner 😉
K.M. Weiland: six pieces of common writing advice you’re misusing. Helping Writers Become Authors
Kathryn Craft wonders whether your novel’s good enough. Writers in the Storm
Lisa Cron, the Story Genius, answers questions about backstory on Writers in the Storm.
Jami Gold: “Why?” is the most important question in storytelling.
Brunonia Barry helps you create your book talk. Writer Unboxed
Elizabeth Huergo, new contributor to Writer Unboxed, gets metaphorical: writing as tango.
Barbara O’Neal helps you recognize the signposts to your writer’s voice. Writer Unboxed
Heather Webb offers her thoughts on speaking your truth through fiction. Writer Unboxed
Becca Puglisi explores some lesser-known character archetypes. Writers Helping Writers
Sara Letourneau examines man and the natural world for DIYMFA. Later in the week, Sara is back with five things you should ask beta readers when they critique your manuscript.
Gabriela Pereira recaps her experience at this year’s Digital Book World (DBW) for DIYMFA radio.
Kimberly Brock: when the stories have all stopped. Writers in the Storm
Janice Hardy wonders, is a lack of action really the problem? Fiction University
Then, Bonnie Randall guest posts on Fiction University: juxtaposition in your story.
Chris Saylor shows up on Marcy Kennedy’s blog to advise how to format dialogue within dialogue.
Oren Ashkenazi shares some tips on how to realistically depict evil. Mythcreants
Naomi Hughes guest posts on Jami Gold’s blog: three common storytelling issues.
This is just fun! Jenna Moreci: writers do weird sh*t.
James McWilliams believes the physical book will endure, but will it endure for the right reason? The Millions
John Cleese on creativity. Brilliant man.
James Lizowski lists his top space colonization novels. OMNI
Cheryl Eddy interviews J.Y. Yang on her silkpunk series. i09
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Doctor Who episode, The Face of Evil (one of my favourites, by the way—Tom Baker was my Doctor). Watch this clip. Relevant, much? Beth Elderkin for i09.
Josephine Livingstone explains why Nineteen Eighty-Four is not the novel we need in the Trump era. New Republic
The Black Eyed Peas re-release Where’s the Love. THIS is why we must keep creating in dark times.
Sarah Slean: real love demo. Another sad but hopeful song that speaks to me.
Hope you’ve had your fill of informal writerly learnings this week.
If not, come back next week, they’ll be more 🙂
Be well until next I blog.