Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings 🙂 Get ‘em while they’re hot (and not too old)!
Greer Macallister wonders, can writers still be readers? Then, Jim Dempsey provides a guide to style. Kathleen McCleary says, prove it! Kathryn Craft shows you how to heighten tension with a watcher. David Corbett: on killing 22,000 darlings, part 2. Identifying the dead. Writer Unboxed
This is your brain on language. SciShow Psych
K.M. Weiland covers the flat archetype of the parent in part 18 of her archetypal character arcs series. Helping Writers Become Authors
Susan DeFreitas shares six key strategies for emotionally affecting fiction. Then, J. Michael Straczynsky explains why you can’t sell an idea. Ashleigh Renard is selling books on TikTok, no dancing (or crying) required. Jane Friedman
The lotus blossom stereotype. The Take
Jami Gold helps you avoid “talking heads” and other clichés. Then, Jessica Conoley helps you build your triangle of support with part 2: mentorship. Writers Helping Writers
Colleen M. Story lists five signs you have “writer’s DNA.” Piper Bayard presents seven character lessons from a real-life heroine. Writers in the Storm
Yes, Virginia, the female gaze exists. The Take
Marina Barakatt examines the value of Lumberjanes. Then, Gabriela Pereira interviews Tasha Suri about crafting conflict in epic fantasy. Later in the week, Elizabeth Sumner Wafler explains how she built her side biz as an editor. Then Rebecca D’Harlingue lists five questions to ask before you write a dual timeline novel. DIY MFA
Kristine Kathryn Rusch continues her fear-based decision-making series with traditional writers.
Chris Winkle explains why we have to let go of meta mysteries. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five stories with weak stakes. Mythcreants
I tried Harley Quinn’s elevator flip (as one does). Jill Bearup
Sudbury’s Scott Overton writes about an alien artefact found in a northern Ontario lake. CBC
Mike Fleming Jr. reports that N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy lands at Sony TriStar in 7-figure deal; author to adapt. Deadline
Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!