A good mix of inspirational, research-y, and learning stuff this week.
Patti Neighmond: can you reshape your brain’s response to pain? NPR
Zaria Gorvett explores how modern life is transforming the human skeleton. BBC
Mike MacEacheran looks at what unicorns mean to Scottish identity. BBC
Johny Pitts’ Afropean captures the experience of black women in Europe. Refinery29
Phoebe Wood debunks eight myths about bisexuals/pansexuals (and their representation) in honour of Pride Month.
Cara Anna reports that Botswana decriminalized gay sex in a landmark case. “More than two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing gay sex, often holdovers from colonial times.” AP
ASAP Science wants to find out what would happen if we burned all our garbage.
Andrew Freedman writes a special report on our plastic planet. Axios
Rachel Love Nuwer considers the planet’s other imperiled elephants. In his book, Giants of the Monsoon Forest, Jacob Shell explores the ancient, mutually beneficial alliance between Asian elephants and their human neighbors. UnDark
Because tardigrades. Thomas Boothby, TED-Ed.
I hope something here got your mental corn popping.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Good evening, my lovelies! It’s time to peruse your informal writlerly learnings for the week 🙂
Leanne Sowul exposes the battle between time and energy. Later in the week, Bess Cozby shows you four ways to protect your creative brain. And then, Marielle Orff shares five steps to giving an awesome podcast interview. DIY MFA
Vaughn Roycroft: storytelling and stepping beyond the veil. Writer Unboxed
Rachael Stephen explains how to revise your story.
Phoebe Wood shares her strategy for turning your first draft into a second draft.
Angela Ackerman stops by Writers in the Storm to share the One Stop for Writers Fast Track Tool for character creation. Then, Tasha Seegmiller invites you to sit with your discomfort: negotiating difficult critiques. Later in the week, Laura Drake shows you how to exorcise redundant writing.
Becca Puglisi visits Helping Writers Become Authors: seven things your character is hiding.
Oren Ashkenazi: seven signs of bad media analysis. Mythcreants
Diego Courchay describes how an Italian writer’s fictional garden became a place of literary pilgrimage. Atlas Obscura
And that is tipsday for this week. Be sure to check in on Thursday for your weekly dose of thoughty.
Until then, be well!
And here we are with another wee of informal writerly learnings 🙂
Roz Morris: are you bored? The one writing rule you really need. Nail Your Novel
But I won’t do that. What do sex and revisions have in common? Bryn Greenwood explains on Writer Unboxed.
Brad Frazer explains why 2019 is a big year for the public domain. Jane Friedman
Lisa Cron explains how to get emotion onto the page. Writers Helping Writers
Janice Hardy presents three ways moral dilemmas can strengthen your novel. Later in the week, Janice provides alternative ways to describe character reactions. Fiction University
Phoebe Wood points out a plotting error that most writers make:
Andrea J. Johnson shares five cutthroat tips for writing killer action. DIY MFA
Elisabeth Kaufmann recommends beat sheets for the win! DIY MFA
Goal setting for people who actually want to get stuff done – Jenna Moreci
Chuck Wendig: in writing, progress doesn’t always look like progress. Terribleminds
Chris Winkle asks (and answers) the question, should you give non-human groups marginalized traits? (Spoiler: NO.) Mythcreants
Merriam-Webster explores the anatomy of a book in 17 words.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope something here provided the advice or guidance you need to take the next step(s) in your creative project.
Come back on Thursday for some research-y inspiration.
Until then, be well!