Welcome to April, and to tipsday, your opportunity to peruse a select curation of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
Kamm Prongay offers one writer’s introduction to reading and writing essay. Then, Lori Walker interviews Patricia Leavy about the magic and science of writing. Anna M. Holmes wonders, are book cover design and blurbs agony or ecstasy? Next, Francesca Miracola shares five things to consider when writing a memoir that covers difficult subjects. DIY MFA
The unbelievably tragic story of Cú Chulainn. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Matthew Norman bemoans so many decisions. Then, Kim Bullock offers some self-care for writers in a pseudo-dystopian world. Tessa Barbosa offers some advice on handling editorial feedback without getting overwhelmed. Next, Mary McDonough is navigating and seeing beyond writers’ roadblocks. Julie Carrick Daltoon is playing with point of view: we are all heroes. Writer Unboxed
How to structure a heist. Mary Robinette Kowal
Janice Hardy explains how to make backstory work for you. Then, Rayne Hall is plotting a short love story. Fiction University
K.M. Weiland shares how archetypes changed her life and her writing. Helping Writers Become Authors
Kris Maze shows you how to gift your author estate — writing to retire, part 2. Then, J. Alexander Greenwood offers some tips from podcast hosts for a good show. Lynette M. Burrows is crafting a story with the forces of antagonism. Writers in the Storm
How Sherlock Holmes killed his author. Tale Foundry
Carly Watters defines upmarket fiction. Then, April Dávila helps you banish writer’s block in five minutes flat. Allison K. Williams explains why you should be writing on social media. Jane Friedman
Angela Ackerman explains how to uncover your character’s deepest fear. Then, she says, if your story needs a hit of organic conflict, look to your setting. Writers Helping Writers
How many words in a novel? Reedsy
Nathan Bransford: plinko scenes.
Tiffany Yates Martin considers lucky breaks and tough shakes. Fox Print Editorial
Chris Winkle points out six signs of over-summarized prose. Then, Oren Ashkenazi says these eight RPGs also deserve mediocre movies. Mythcreants
Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you found something to support your current work(s) in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well.