It is time, once again, to stock up on informal writerly learnings.
Janice Hardy says, don’t let these plotting errors knock your novel off track. Then, Jodi Turchin touts the benefits of a DIY personal writers retreat. Bethany Henry provides a guide for writing strong female characters. Then, Aly Brown lists three mixed-up writing goofs you might be making. Fiction University
Jill Bearup analyzes Harley Quinn’s bonkers elevator fight scene. One Villainous Scene
Greer Macallister shares three tips for a great cover reveal. Then, Allie Larkin says, don’t finish your book. Donald Maass: the walking stick. Later in the week, Rheea Mukherjee wonders, how absurd can our characters be? Writer Unboxed
Princess Weekes presents Demona is alone. One Villainous Scene. Melina Pendulum
K.M. Weiland explains how the antagonist functions in different kinds of character arcs. Helping Writers Become Authors
Elizabeth Spann Craig provides us with a release checklist.
How to write literary fiction. Reedsy
Literary fiction tropes. Reedsy
You may think Jeanette the Writer is being facetious when she explains how to edit an email, but for those important emails (queries, client relations, etc.) do you really want to take the chance of making a critical mistake? Then, Tammy Lough says, historical romance is too hot to handle! Becca Spence Dobias shares five ways audiobooks improve your voice as an author. DIY MFA
Narrative worldbuilding. Shaelin Writes
Stefan Emunds explains the importance of curiosity and tension to storytelling. Then, C.S. Lakin reveals the secret ingredient of a commercially successful novel. Mathina Calliope wonders, should I hire a coach or a therapist? Jane Friedman
Nathan Bransford: don’t over-explain “default” objects and gestures. Then Lindsay Syhakhom explains how to rediscover your passion for writing.
Don’t know much about Beowulf? Princess Weekes is here to help. It’s Lit | PBS Storied
Sacha Black points out three mistakes to avoid with your side characters. Writers Helping Writers
Kristen Lamb presents the good, the bad, and the just please stop of description.
John Peragine says, it’s time for a second edition. Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle answers the question: do characters need to be likable? Then, Oren Ashkenazi examines five useless characters and how to fix them. Mythcreants
Jami Gold explains the benefits of making your characters take two steps back.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!