Welcome to another week of informal writerly learnings! Notice the change in the title of this curation. After years of writerly goodness found on the interwebz, I thought it was time for a change.
Yuvi Zalkow writes his acknowledgements. Then, Tom Bentley considers purple prose and the word surgeon’s scalpel. Donald Maass is creating character safety zones. Then, Grace Wynter interviews Yasmin Angoe—just one more thing. Liza Nash Taylor shares some event tips ‘n’ tricks for the vain, shallow, and/or insecure. Writer Unboxed
Loki, the MCU, and narcissism. Lindsay Ellis
K.M. Weiland indicates the six archetypal antagonists for each of the six archetypal character arcs. Helping Writers Become Authors
Savannah Cordova explains why reading short fiction is the best thing you can do for your writing. Elizabeth Spann Craig
Main character syndrome: why you should be self-centred. The Take
September C. Fawkes takes a closer look at person vs. fate conflict. Then, Angela Ackerman recommends you tap this powerful source if your story needs more conflict. Writers Helping Writers
Anita Ramirez has a finished manuscript—now what? Angela Yeh: chasing my muse. Cheryl Grey Bostrom says that tone of voice is more than personality. Then, Kim Catanzarite shares five ways to turn your plot into a page-turner. DIY MFA
Shaelin Bishop shows you how to structure your book without an outline. Shaelin Writes
Kristen Lamb challenges you to pitch your entire story in one sentence with a log line.
Shanna Swendson wants you to try these tricks if you’re struggling with writer burnout. Fiction University
Black Swan: a cautionary tale about perfectionism. The Take
Jane Friedman likes Substack, but the PR is getting ridiculous.
Jessica Singer: BookTok’s novel approach to books is helping Canadian authors and retailers reach new audiences. CBC Books
Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!