It’s a week full of informal writerly learnings. My seasonal gift to you, dear reader 🙂
K.M. Weiland offers us the number one way to write intense story conflict. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jamie Raintree wonders, what lights your creative fire? Writers in the Storm
James Preston guest posts on Writers in the Storm: believe in your work—it’s more important than you think.
Laura Drake offers some advanced craft tips on Writers in the Storm.
Becca Puglisi helps us find the sweet spot in which to start. Writers Helping Writers
Dave King dives into writer’s block. Writer Unboxed
Lance Schaubert shares some tips on how to find your working title. Writer Unboxed
Kathleen McCleary guides us back to our story. Writer Unboxed
Heather Webb discovers the power of stepping out, stepping in, and bringing the light. Writer Unboxed
Dan Blank encourages you to be more like yourself. Writer Unboxed
Marcy Kennedy explores how our characters’ apologetic language creates and resolves tension.
Chris Winkle shares some tips on depicting child characters. Mythcreants
Constance Renfrow explains how to streamline your editing experience. DIYMFA
Kristen Lamb tells us the hard truth about publishing.
Chuck Wendig: the key is always hope. Terribleminds
Kameron Hurley speculates about Christmas and the future.
Are those speculative fiction titles on the 2017 Canada Reads Longlist? Oh, yes. They are! CBC
When David Brin shared this, I thought … woah, Nausica! And these paintings by Jakub Rozalski really do evoke that aesthetic. He’s a little bit steampunk, and a little bit Akira? Design you can trust
Jeff LaSala resolves the eagle conundrum in Lord of the Rings. Tor.com
Remember that piece I shared last week about the Swinton/Cho email exchange? Well, Gene Demby unpacks the kerfuffle for NPR.
Jeanette Ng introduces us to Imagined Cities/Ice Fantasy, the Chinese take on western epic fantasy. Medium
Ooh! And here’s an early look at Blade Runner 2049. Wired
Lynette Rice has an Outlander sneak peek to help see you through droughtlander. Entertainment Weekly
Be well until Thursday, when you can come on back for your weekly dose of thoughty!