Welcome to another week filled with informal writerly learnings. Enjoy them on your porch or deck with some iced tea or lemonade as you soak in the summer!
Richelle Lyn is acquiring a virtual mentor. Then, Jeanette the Writer is applying the scientific method to writing and editing. Lori Walker interviews Sarah Adlakha about time travel and alternate timelines in historical fiction. Later in the week, Dominique Richardson explores the ins and outs of writing a young adult novel. Finally, Helen Scheuerer shares five tips for writing a successful series. DIY MFA
A procrastinator’s guide to finishing things. Struthless
Sarah Callender enumerates the perks and perils of pursuing approval. Jim Dempsey: writers have a lot too think about. Kathleen McCleary: to tell the truth. Kathryn Craft wants you to fill your writing life. David Corbett wonders what your character is hiding: the power of secrets. Later in the week, Yuvi Zalkow shares the fuzzy secrets to writing a decent novel. Writer Unboxed
Is Siren Head the ultimate modern monster? Monstrum | PBS Storied
Melinda Van Lone considers fantastic fantasy and scintillating science fiction covers. Then, Sarah (Sally) Hamer wonders how many scenes does it take to tell your story? Ellen Buikema offers some important font considerations for writers. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland wonders how perfect does your structural timing need to be? Helping Writers Become Authors
Why villains love contracts. Tale Foundry
C.S. Lakin shares four steps to create perfect plot twists. Live, Write, Thrive
Tiffany Yates Martin explains how suspense and tension work together to increase story impact. Then, Sangeeta Mehta interviews agents Allison Hunter and Jennifer Weltz about how books are adapted for the screen. Jane Friedman
How mountains inspire mythology. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Marissa Graff shares three tricks to reel in your readers with flashbacks. Then, September C. Fawkes explains why a strong plot requires a significant goal. Writers Helping Writers
Tiffany Yates Martin is having fun with query letters (no, seriously). Fox Print Editorial
Nine things to do before starting a novel. Shaelin Writes
Chris Winkle says your story needs tension, not violence. Oren Ashkenazi: Strange New Worlds reveals the danger of a theme-breaking plot. Mythcreants
The content genre: object of desire and values in story. Story Grid
Tim Hickson fixes Legend of Korra season three. Hello, Future Me
Emily Zarevich uncovers the hoax that inspired Mary Shelley. JSTOR Daily
Ada Palmer: the plotter vs. pantser divide has been exaggerated. Tor.com
Shashi Tharoor says the attack on Salman Rushdie is also an attack on freedom of expression. The Quint
Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress, whatever stage it’s at.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends!