Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings.
Vaughn Roycroft explains what makes a story epic … to him. Barbara O’Neal wonders, are you making writing harder than it needs to be? Heather Webb: protecting your creative mindspace. Writer Unboxed
Fae Rowan is soldiering on. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland shares 20 of the most instructive quotes about writing. Helping Writers Become Authors
Victoria Mixon is contrasting and condensing characters: two sides of the same coin. Writers Helping Writers
The Tale Foundry looks at Sir Terry Pratchett’ unifying voice.
Allegra Huston stops by Jane Friedman’s blog to share the two basic rules of editing (and one rookie mistake).
Pamela Taylor is creating authentic character details: names. Research is fun! Then, Gabriela Pereira interviews Jodi Thomas: turning characters into people. DIY MFA
Chris Winkle helps you understand appropriative worldbuilding. Then, Oren Ashkenazi warns against seven ways writers sabotage beta reading. Mythcreants
Jami Gold explains how pacing helps readers care about our characters.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful.
Be well until thoughty Thursday!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.
After getting back to work, it’s time to reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings.
Gwendolyn Womack writes about the storyteller’s ladder. Jan O’Hara says we’re wired to display. Kathleen McCleary wants you to look at the flip side. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland explains how to use your outline when writing your first draft. Helping Writers Become Authors
Daniel Berkowitz stops by Jane Friedman’s blog to tell you that it’s okay not to tweet.
Lisa Cron: plot, inner change, or evocative writing—what really rivets readers? Later in the week, Colleen M. Story reveals the one thing writers miss when they try to improve. Writers Helping Writers
Leanne Sowul wants you to lose the mental clutter and find your focus (AKA Kon-Mari-ing your brain). Courtney Lazore lists five reasons to keep writing. DIY MFA
Jenna Moreci shares her top ten tips for creating an authentic character voice in dialogue.
Margie Lawson offers five tips for writing tears that carry power. Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle discusses the five stages of becoming a fiction writer. Then, Oren Ashkenazi looks at five characters with strong arcs. Mythcreants
And that was tipsday for this week. I’ll be back on Thursday with your weekly dose of thoughty.
Until then, be well.