Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
Sara Farmer shares part two of her auto-buy mystery list. LA Bourgeois says that if you want to find your motivation, ask, “How can I make this happen?” Then, F.E. Choe explains how to develop a disciplined writing practice. Lyn Liao Butler wants you to consider writing from your perspective. DIY MFA
How to write first person point of view. Reedsy
Greer Macallister shares what a month of writing every day taught her. “It’s a balancing act, not a limbo stick.” Jim Dempsey: the story of your dreams. Kathleen McCleary wants you to explore the unknown in your writing: the dark side. Then, Kathryn Craft explains how to repurpose your plot. David Corbett tackles explanation vs. fascination—and a woman in the corner opposite. Writer Unboxed
Ellen Brock provides a writing guide for the methodological plotter.
K.M. Weiland wants you to make story structure your own. Helping Writers Become Authors
Sword lady hits ceiling with sword. Happy anniversary! Jill Bearup
Susan DeFreitas says that if you want to write a great novel, be brave. Then, Lisa Cooper Ellison proposes three things to ask yourself before writing about trauma. Janna Marlies Maron suggests three shifts you need to make to finish your book. Jane Friedman
Tuatha dé Danann, the enchanting faeries of celtic lore. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Margie Lawson offers tips to create a bestselling title. Then, Miffie Seideman provides seven steps for healthy emotional endurance for writers. Shirley Jump shares ten ways to reverse engineer your plot. Writers in the Storm
The Little Mermaid as a queer allegory. The Take
Elizabeth Spann Craig: promo for introverts.
Marissa Graff outlines the zig-zag plot arc. Then David. G. Brown offers three considerations for revising scene by scene. Writers Helping Writers
Nathan Bransford lists essential computer skills for writers.
Is Arcane a dystopia? Tim Hickson thinks not. Two the Future
Chris Winkle explains how to include thoughts from multiple characters without head-hopping. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyses five stories that spoil their mysteries. Mythcreants
Robert Lee Brewer explains how to write successful queries for any genre of writing (with lots of examples). From 2019, but it’s a timeless topic 🙂 Writer’s Digest
Simon Usborne: forget Wordle! Can you crack the Dickens code? An IT worker from California just did. The Guardian
Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!