I have no idea where all this came from. It was a bountiful week for Writerly Goodness.
Julie Glover guest posts on Jami Gold’s blog: four steps to break grammar rules with style.
Anne Janzer guest posts on Jane Friedman’s blog: how to create an internal mindset conducive to writing.
Barbara O’Neal conducts an experiment in fostering creative flow. Writer Unboxed.
When you don’t want to write: Heather Webb on Writer Unboxed.
Joanna Penn discusses how to banish writer’s block with K.M. Weiland. The creative Penn.
How to plot a book: start with the antagonist. K.M. Weiland’s Helping writers become authors. Later in the week: how (not) to write satisfying action scenes. More lessons from the Marvel Universe movies.
Jami Gold wonders why “unlikable” can be a deal breaker for readers.
MJ Bush offers her keen insight into writing the perfect flaw. Writingeekery.
Dave King explores the work of a master for Writer Unboxed: Jaime Lannister and sympathetic monsters.
Kayla Dean explains how to use story archetypes to subvert expectations. DIYMFA.
DIYMFA radio, episode 100: Unleash your storytelling superpower with Gabriela Pereira.
C.S. Lakin takes a look at the first turning point in your novel. Live, write, thrive.
Chris Winkle offers three painless ways to patch plot holes. Mythcreants.
Jamie Raintree delves into the process of overcoming the emotional obstacles to a writing career. Writers in the Storm.
Five good ideas science fiction teaches us to fear. Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants.
Katherine Langrish shares some thoughts on writing meaningful fantasy. Tor.com
Women at WorldCon
Dan Blank: celebrate the arts where you live. Writer Unboxed.
Janet Reid lists the reasons she rejected 25 queries so you can avoid them. She later confesses: so I didn’t get it right the first time . . .
Sarah Negovetich: it’s not you, it’s really not.
Jonny Gellar’s Ted Talk: What makes a bestseller?
This is a weird story from the MFA world. Steven Galloway, chair of UBC’s creative writing program, was fired after an investigation, but under mysterious circumstances. Nobody’s willing to say exactly why. I think anyone reading the articles can infer, but . . . I’ll let y’all judge for yourselves.
Susan Spann explores the legal side of writing for anthologies. Writer Unboxed.
The Active Voice shares the story of Pauline Creeden, who lost her Amazon publishing account through no fault of her own.
Sadness. Lois Duncan died on June 15th at the age of 82. I loved her books. Publishers Weekly.
Jim C. Hines writes about racism and the backlash against black Hermione.
Cory Doctorow revisits Writing the Other, intensely practical advice for representing other cultures in fiction. BoingBoing
The Witch explores America’s essential fear of female power. Dianca Potts for Lenny.
Brainpickings presents Virginia Woolf’s thoughts on the connection between loneliness and creativity.
She-Ra and the fight against the token girl. Maria Teresa Hart for The Atlantic.
Publishers Weekly: Fall 2016 adult announcements in SF, fantasy, and horror.
Indie presses are starting bookstores. Jon Sealy for Literary Hub.
Chemistry explains why old books smell so good. Robin Burkes for Tech Times.
The short film, The Birch, may be creepy, but I think it’s rather heart rending warming 🙂 Rebekah McKendry for BlumHouse.com
James Whitbrook shares Geroge R.R. Martin and Stephen King in conversation: how the fuck to you write so fast? i09. Watch the whole talk. It’s awesome.
Who’s afraid of female Ghostbusters? Dave Itzkoff interviews the cast for The New York Times.
Michael Livingston gets medieval on Game of Thrones’ ‘battle of the bastards.’ Tor.com
Entertainment Weekly shares a sneak peek of the actors who will play Roger and Brianna on Outlander.
Exhausted? I am.
Until Thursday *waves*