We’re half-way through March and heading for the vernal equinox. Reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings.
K.M. Weiland continues her archetypal character arcs series with part five: the king arc. Helping Writers Become Authors
Janice Hardy shows you five places to find your novel’s theme. Then, Janice lists four steps for choosing what details to describe in a scene. Later in the week, Angela Ackerman recommends you do this one thing to write unforgettable characters. Fiction University
Princess Weekes: Lovecraft Country … was just not that good. Melina Pendulum
Lisa Cron returns: still crazy after all these years. Then, Jim Dempsey lists five reasons you need a professional editor. Juliet Marillier celebrates wild women. The Cailleach and Baba Yaga, two of my personal favourites! Later in the week, Kathryn Craft explains how authenticity builds a satisfying author career. Then, David Corbett looks at two approaches to dramatizing character change: Emma vs. Hamlet. Writer Unboxed
Shaelin explains how to convey emotion in your writing. Shaelin Writes
Jane Friedman considers which is better for authors, blogging, or an email newsletter. Then, Lisa Cooper Ellison shares three traps that subvert our ability to receive feedback. Jane Friedman
C.S. Lakin explains how to face down writer fear. Live, Write, Thrive
The ice queen trope, explained. The Take
Jami Gold discusses setting as character. Later in the week, David Duhr wonders, do you focus on the doing or the having? Writing process vs. product. Writers Helping Writers
In defense of basic. What does it meme? The Take
Laura Highcove wonders, why does it feel like you can’t write after a writer’s conference? Then, Manuela Williams explains how to nurture your reader community. Later in the week, Elly Griffiths advises you to follow the feet. Then, Angyne Smith shares five things that saved her novel from oblivion. DIY MFA
Jenna Moreci shares her structuring method.
Lucy V. Hay offers a comprehensive guide of ALL. THE. STORY. STRUCTURES. Informative and somewhat overwhelming. Bang 2 Write
Kristen Lamb extols the art of embracing the suck: commitment matters.
Julian Lucas shows how Octavia Butler reimagines sex and survival. The New Yorker
Stephanie Burt: we live in the world of WandaVision. The New Yorker
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found resources to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!