Welcome to the final tipsday of June! Fill up on informal writerly learnings for the last time this month.
Sara Farmer lists more of her favourite Sherlock Holmsian mystery series. Then, Abigail K. Perry analyzes the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Angela Yeh explains why all writers should play with poetry. Then Angela unlocks writer’s block sideways. Later in the week, Lewis Jorstad lists five reasons your novel’s premise is a powerful writing tool. DIY MFA
Nathan Bransford provides a novel revision checklist.
How to write a non-fiction book proposal. Reedsy
Matthew Norman explains how his career in advertising helped shape him as a novelist. Dave King: when worlds collide. Kelsey Allagood wants you to let your words grow wild. Then, Deanna Cabinian wonders, when is obsession a good thing? Victoria Strauss warn about the predatory contracts of serial reading/writing apps. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland helps you understand the new normal world of a story’s resolution. Helping Writers Become Authors
Erica Brosovsky suggests some foreign words we need in English. Otherwords | PBS Storied
Lisa Norman explains why you want people to hate your website. Then, Megan Ganesh promotes diversity and inclusion in writing. Eldred Bird says Chekov’s gun is a double-edged writing sword. Writers in the Storm
Nina Amir reveals how to quickly develop a writing habit. Live, Write, Thrive
Elizabeth Spann Craig points out yet another use for outlines.
Allison K. Williams reveals why agents don’t give feedback—and where to get it instead. Jane Friedman
The curse of creativity. Tale Foundry
Becca Puglisi wants you to go beyond the superficial character talents and skills. Jami Gold
Cheryl Rainfield helps you avoid writing mental health stereotypes. Writers Helping Writers
Tiffany Yates Martin asks, are you writing safe or risking your readers? Fox Print Editorial
Chris Winkle explains how to make your character novel. Then, Oren Ashkenazi says that the three-act structure is a mirage. (!) Very insightful and something that’s been bothering me about most story “structures.” Mythcreants
Workplace dystopias aren’t fiction. They’re here. The Take
Angie Hodapp talks rhetorical story development. Then, Kristin Nelson asks, can a writer set out to write a bestselling novel? Pub Rants
Kristen Lamb explains why we play “follow the reader.”
Terry Nguyen says we need rituals, not routines. Vox
Cassie Josephs: Murderbot is an autistic-coded robot done right. Did I not nail this in my last next chapter update? Oh, yeah. I did. Tor.com
Thank you for spending some time with me. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!