Happy Hanukkah (ongoing), and happy solstice (tomorrow) for those who celebrate! Here’s my gift to you: informal writerly learnings. Yeah, I share them every week, and you know what, every week they’re gifts 🙂 Enjoy!
Ann Marie Nieves answers your book PR and marketing questions about what to do on a budget. Then, Kathleen McCleary is facing down fear. Jim Dempsey explains how to make the most of your writing goals. Then, Barbara Linn Probst takes a closer look at how writers use beta readers: who, when, why—and does it help? Writer Unboxed
Can all monsters be traced back to Tiamat? Monstrum | PBS Storied
Lori Freeland offers five tips to boost your professional writing cred. Then, Colleen M. Story explains how to decide what you really want from your writing career. Stefan Emunds helps you tap readers’ subconscious to engage them in your story. Writers in the Storm
Why death magic is evil. Tale Foundry
Beth Kephart presents a quiet manifesto: blurb matters. Then, Allison K. Williams shows you how writing your synopsis can fix your book. Eva Langston shares what she learned from 90 queries. Then, Sangeeta Mehta interviews Susan Chang and Julie Scheina about what you need to know before hiring a developmental editor. Jane Friedman
When the world becomes small. A philosophical turn. Ze Frank
Lucy V. Hay reveals how to use real life to inspire your fiction. Then, Jami Gold explains how and when to use foreshadowing. Writers Helping Writers
On her own site, Jami follows up by explaining the difference between foreshadowing and spoilers.
Nathan Bransford shows you how to write a character who’s adrift.
E.J. Wenstrom shares four lessons learned over a decade of author platforming. Then, Sara Farmer shares her favorite mystery shows. Kaira Rouda shows you how to use a setting you know to set your characters free. Later in the week, Monica Cox shares five tips to get unstuck from the murky middle of your manuscript. DIY MFA
The hidden meaning in the humanity of others. Like Stories of Old
Adeena Mignogna exposes common misconceptions about satellite orbits. Science in Science Fiction | Dan Koboldt
Tiffany Yates Martin is showing up for the good stuff. Fox Print Editorial
Angie Hodapp shares seven tips for writing powerful endings. Pub Rants
What to do (and not do) with your NaNoWriMo novel. Reedsy
Chris Winkle unpacks five tropes that require low realism. Then, Oren Ashkenazi explains why the Save the Cat! novel beat sheet won’t help you. Mythcreants
Angela Misri: Vivek Shraya proves kids’ books can help us explore messy truths. The Walrus
Thank you so much for visiting. It’s like your gift to me! And I appreciate it. I hope you found something to support your current work(s) in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends.