You’ve made it through Monday. Wednesday/humpday is just around the corner. Fortify yourselves with some informal writerly learnings.
Lauren J. Sharkey shares her experience with the negative balance of writing. And here’s my latest Speculations: The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger. DIY MFA
The fabulous and flirty fight of The Mask of Zorro. Jill Bearup
Greer Macallister bemoans all the things she doesn’t know (about publishing). Sophie Masson explains how to celebrate new releases. Donald Maass wants you to consider hopes and fears in fiction. Later in the week, Rheea Mukherjee is writing real. Writer Unboxed
Race-baiting, queer-baiting, colorism, featurism, and performative diversity in Bridgerton. | Khadija Mbowe
K.M. Weiland offers an introduction to archetypal stories. Helping Writers Become Authors
J.D. Lasica: do stories have a universal shape? Jane Friedman
Emily Zarka introduces us to the werehyena, the terrifying shapeshifters of African Lore. Monstrum | PBS Storied
September C. Fawkes lists the eight points of progress. Then, Becca Puglisi provides an author’s guide to redeeming villains. Writers Helping Writers
The Take explains why we root for Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne.
Janice Hardy shares three steps to grounding your reader in your story world. Later in the week, Janice explains how the opening scene works in a novel. Fiction University
The hipster trope, explained. The Take
Kris Maze helps you sort fact from fiction: “flow” improves the writing life. Writers in the Storm
The magic of childhood in My Neighbour Totoro. Tale Foundry
Chris Winkle explains how to get readers to feel those emotional twists. Then, Kellie Doherty lists six ways to make fantasy travel more interesting. Mythcreants
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you found something to help with your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!