Tipsday is back, full force. Feel the Writerly Goodness 😉
K.M. Weiland shares four ways to write a likeable protagonist at the beginning of the character arc. Helping writers become authors.
Related: Chris Winkle asks (and answers), do characters need to be likeable? Mythcreants.
Here are two ways to make the most of your climactic setting, Katie’s Wednesday vlog.
Writer Unboxed continues its Diversity series with Gabriel Valjan: Import foreign cultures into your fiction.
Jami Gold shines a light on diversity issues.
Kim Bullock gets confessional on Writer Unboxed: The elephant in my living room.
How to write a novel in the dark, by Siobhan Adcock. The Daily Beast.
This is crazy-awesome Writingeekery. MJ Bush decided to live blog her 24 hour write-a-thon to draft her next book.
More Writer Unboxed: Jo Eberhardt shares a personal story about the power of fiction. [Mel’s note: Mary Brown’s The Unlikely Ones was one of the books I latched onto in my university years. Wonderful.]
Jeff Gerke guest posts on C.S. Lakin’s Live, Write, Thrive blog about hacking your reader’s brain.
Callie Oettinger revisits a past post on Steven Pressfield’s blog: Lay a little heavy on the business side.
Your second life starts when life cracks you open. Justine Musk on stepping into the bigger story.
Virginia Woolf believed that the best mind is an androgynous mind. Brainpickings.
Janis Joplin speaks about creativity and rejection in her final, lost interview, rediscovered and animated. Fabulous. Brainpickings.
Portland Monthly features home grown author Ursula K. le Guin. Amazing read.
Ever thought, ‘gee, I’d like to ask Ursula K. le Guin about writing’? Well, now you can! The Book View Cafe.
Neil Gaiman talks in his sleep. His wife, Amanda Palmer, found a forgotten recording of one of their nocturnal conversations and created this whimsical animated short. Brainpickings. [Mel’s note: I take a strange kind of comfort in the fact that I talk in my sleep, too. Phil doesn’t record our conversations, though.]
Fantasy writer N.K. Jemesin upends the racist and sexist status quo. The Guardian.
Haruki Murakami shares the moment he knew he’d be a writer. The Telegraph.
Jill Soloway calls for a matriarchal revolution in film. The Vulture.
How changing your reading habits can improve your health. Fast Company.
Charlie Jane Anders of i09 writes about ten books we pretend to have read and why we really should. For the record, I’ve only read one of these, Dune.
Foz Meadows writes about Sens8 for Tor.com. Just for the record, Phil and I loved the shite out of this Netflix Original.
CBC is now producing webseries: The Riftworld Chronicles. Tamoh Penikett stars 🙂
Buzzfeed presents seventeen (gif) faces that every grammar nerd will relate to.
Authors tweet #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter. Entertainment Weekly.
Interesting stuff coming up on thoughty Thursday, See you then!