September’s almost over (!) Not keen on how time warps these days. In any case, another week has passed and here’s another batch of informal writerly learnings 🙂 Enjoy!
Lauren J. Sharkey is fighting imposter syndrome: faker. Then, Adam W. Burgess explains why LGBTQ+ fiction writers need to read LGBTQ+ history. Tammy Pasterick is writing about the immigrant experience. Then, Heather Campbell lists five things she wished she knew about writing a novel. DIY MFA
Shaelin shows you how to conceptualize a short story. Reedsy
Vaughn Roycroft: a writer’s senses working overtime. Then, Dave King is world building through architecture. Alma Katsu: what to expect when your novel is reissued. Then, Heather Webb gives us the 411 on writing retreats. Liz Michalski: space and shadows. Then, Desmond Hall drops some more writing wisdom on us. Bite-sized writerly learnings #FTW! Writer Unboxed
On her own channel, Shaelin shares everything you need to know about writing workshops. Shaelin Writes
K.M. Weiland presents the archetypal antagonists for the queen arc. Helping Writers Become Authors
Lisa Norman lists five reasons tech can’t replace editors. Then, Lisa Hall-Wilson offers her best pro tip for writing deep POV. Ellen Buikema shares five things kids taught her about writing. Writers in the Storm
Erica Brozovsky shares 60 euphemisms for death. Otherwords | PBS Storied
How much do I need to describe my character’s appearance? Lucy V. Hay has answers. Then, Becca Puglisi says, if you need compelling conflict, choose a variety. Writers Helping Writers
Tiffany Watson explains how to format your manuscript for a designer or publisher. Then, Allison K. Williams explains what it takes to be a freelance editor. Jane Friedman
Why do people think Huck Finn is racist? It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: comparison is the thief of joy.
Lindsay Syhakhom explains how to protect your manuscript from computer meltdowns and hackers. Nathan Bransford
Love, according to Studio Ghibli. The Take
Chris Winkle shows you how to create an elemental magic system. Oren Ashkenazi: how useful are Neil Gaiman’s eight rules of writing? Mythcreants
Kristen Lamb tackles brave new writing and learning to think outside the book.
Jason Asenap: Reservation Dogs is just the beginning of an Indigenous storytelling explosion. Esquire
Monisha Rajesh: pointing out racism in books is not an attack—it’s a call for industry reform. The Guardian
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!