You’ve survived Monday! Reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings.
Janice Hardy says, author, we have a problem: four plotting tips. Later in the week, Janice is poking dead scenes with a stick. Fiction University
K.M. Weiland shares six steps to create realistic and powerful scene dilemmas. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jami Gold uses an, ahem, moving metaphor to discover what matters in our stories. Then, she wonders, where do you want your story (or career) to go?
Jenna Moreci explains how to tell if you should write a series (and when you shouldn’t).
Abigail K. Perry covers James Scott Bell’s final signpost scene: transformation. As one series ends, another begins. The first of my three-part series on the tarot as a tool for mythic storytelling: an introduction to the tarot. DIY MFA
Donald Maass revisits the uncon again: world building for non-SFF writers. Cathy Yardley: your subconscious speaks a different language. ‘Cause tarot (see above)! Writer Unboxed
Meg LaTorre explains how to find critique partners and beta readers. Writers Helping Writers
Kris Spisak advises you to look at these four problem areas when revising. Jane Friedman
Joanna Penn interviews Jennie Nash: would you make a good book coach? The Creative Penn
Chris Winkle explains how storytellers use reactivity and proactivity for effect. Then, Oren Ashkenazi shares seven tricks to improve your minions. Mythcreants
Etuaptmumk: two-eyed seeing. Rebecca Thomas TEDxNSCCWaterfront
Brit Marling: I don’t want to be the strong female lead. The New York Times
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re taking away something to help with your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well, my writerly friends 🙂
This time around, I’m starting a new three-part series on using the tarot as a tool for mythic storytelling: an introduction to the tarot.
There’s a wee bit of history and a lot of description. Next time, I’ll look at five tarot books for writers and let you know how they stack up.
While you’re visiting, check out Gabriela’s other great resources for writers, including DIY MFA 101, her flagship course.
Until next time, be well, my writerly friends 🙂
It’s time to dig into another week’s worth of informal writerly learnings 🙂
Elizabeth A. Harvey is remembering Toni Morrison. Then, Nancy Johnson shows us how Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye offers a masterclass in craft. Porter Anderson: murders she didn’t write, a provocation on writers in the context of real world gun violence. Rheea Mukherjee: negotiating social privilege as a writer. Jim Dempsey wants you to explore the wonders of your character’s world view. Sarah Callender forgets to remember that writing is an act of faith. Writer Unboxed
Jenna Moreci helps you get back into the writing habit after a break.
C.S. Lakin visits Helping Writers Become Authors: how to evoke reader emotions with “surprisingness.” Then, she heads over to Larry Brook’s Storyfix to explain how to effectively “tell” emotions in fiction.
Emily Wenstrom offers three tips for creating your author newsletter before you’re published. And here’s my latest column: find storytelling inspiration with the women of the Kalevala. Constance Emmett shares five tips for surviving rejection. DIY MFA
Lisa Hall-Wilson shares four ways to go deeper with point of view. Then, Laura Drake starts with character first. Writers in the Storm
Michelle Barker wants you to remember that the wand chooses the wizard. Writers Helping Writers
Janice Hardy explains why you want nitpicky critiquers. Fiction University
Robert Lee Brewer explains the difference between slight of hand and sleight of hand. Writer’s Digest
Some reassuring advice from Chris Winkle: why you shouldn’t worry about someone stealing your manuscript. Then, Oren Ashkenazi offers advice on choosing naval tactics for your pre-gunpowder world. Mythcreants
Sam Bleicher offers some unusual writing tips on dealing with facts in science fiction. The Creative Penn
Ferris Jabr: the story of storytelling. Harper’s
Thanks for visiting. Come back on Thursday for some thoughty.
Until then, be well!
It’s fantasy’s turn and this month I’m helping you find some mythic storytelling inspiration with the women of the Kalevala.
While you’re there, check out some of the other excellent columnists, or any of Gabriela’s great writers resources!