Welcome to August! The dog days are here, and so is this week’s batch of informal writerly learnings 🙂
Kim Bullock offers some productivity lessons from a simpler time: praise, criticism, and self-reflection. Then, Elizabeth Huergo shares readings for writers: on writing (and revising) well. Kelsey Allagood is diagnosing writer’s block: symptoms, remedies, and prevention. Then, Julia Whelan hosts a deathmatch between first and second novels. Porter Anderson: just artificial, not intelligence. Writer Unboxed
The surprising origins of vampires (w/ Dr. Emily Zarka of Monstum). PBS Origins
K.M. Weiland explains how to structure a novel with multiple main characters. Helping Writers Become Authors
Are bilinguals smarter? Otherwords | PBS Storied
Kris Maze suggests you research your novel on a rambling road trip. Then, Lisa Hall-Wilson explains why first person POV is NOT deep POV. Shirley Jump wants you to use impossible choices to empower your conflict. Writers in the Storm
How the “manipulative victim” trope hurts female presenting people everywhere. The Take
Nathan Bransford says, don’t build your scenes around the information you think you need to impart.
E.J. Wenstrom shares lessons learned from joining a new social media network. Then, Sara Farmer lists her favourite mystery games. Later in the week, Erin La Rosa shares five ways to market your book as a debut author. DIY MFA
On world building death. Hello, Future Me
Wendy Sparrow explains how to make your editing process more efficient. Jami Gold
Sharon Oard Warner shows you how to move between scenes with summary and spacers. Jane Friedman
Tiffany Yates Martin says failure IS an option. Fox Print Editorial
Seven ways to outline your novel. Reedsy
Livia Gershon: who made that word, and why? JSTOR Daily
Brian Attebery lists his top ten 21st-century fantasy novels. The Guardian
Thanks for spending some time with me! I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends!