Was it a monumental Monday for you? Well, now it’s time to reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings.
Anita Ramirez concludes her writerly journey with a couple of revelations. Then, Angela Yeh is finding nourishment and joy in daily life through the spirit of haiku. Eliza Jane Brazier explains how to write better by not writing. Then, Heather Campbell shares five sneaky ways perfectionism sabotages your writing. DIY MFA
The existential dystopias of Arcane and Squid Game. Hello, Future Me
Tessa Barbosa presents an introvert’s guide to a public online presence. Donald Maass: back story versus the past. Keith Cronin gets an unexpected gift from covid. Then, Rheea Mukherjee is writing with depression. Writer Unboxed
Rape revenge and Promising Young Woman: realism vs. catharsis. Melina Pendulum
K.M. Weiland explains what conflict in fiction really is and why it’s important to plot. Helping Writers Become Authors
What is white room syndrome? Reedsy
Shannon A. Thompson: yes, writers need to hear the hard truths, but warnings can go too far. Then, Eric Newton discusses making difficult decisions about the work left behind when a writer dies. Joe Ponepinto explains how to use telling details to connect description to character. Jane Friedman
Why are cats mythology’s most popular creatures? Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Diana Clark wonders how much research is enough. Then, Eldred Bird is building a better villain. Ellen Buikema continues her explorations of sensual writing: using the power of taste in your writing. Writers in the Storm
Why the disabled villain trope is so offensive. The Take
September C. Fawkes shares six cheats to “tell” well (when it’s warranted). Writers Helping Writers
Chris Winkle lists nine personality clashes for character conflicts. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains why tossing in calamity won’t make your story exciting. Mythcreants
How writers revise: the relentless resilience of Ruta Sepetys. Fox Print Editorial
How Disney commodifies culture – Southeast Asians roast Raya and the Last Dragon, part 1. Long, but well worth your while. Xiran Jay Zhao
And part 2:
Part three … yet to come.
Nina Munteanu touts the benefits of expressive writing: the journal writer.
Susan DeFreitas shares the lessons learned during her year of reading every Ursula K. Le Guin novel. Literary Hub
Weike Wang: notes on work. “There’s a masochistic pride to overworking. How heavy a workload can I truly handle? How many plates can I keep in the air?” The New Yorker
Ena Alvarado: animal teachers and Marie de France. JSTOR Daily
Thanks for hanging out with me. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe.