It’s another full week of informal writerly learnings. Enjoy!
E.J. Wenstrom explains the relationship between engagement rate and your author platform. Then, Sara Farmer says there’s an Eyre for every era, from cozy to cold-blooded. Later in the week, Leslie A. Rasmussen goes from television writing to novel writing. Then, Melissa Haas suggests five items for cats and the authors who live with them. DIY MFA
Obi-Wan vs. Stabby Crab fight analysis. Jill Bearup
Janice Hardy shares five reasons you’re struggling with your revisions (and how to fix them). Timely! Then, Jenna Harte offers some easy tips to incorporate backstory in your novel. José Pablo Iriarte explains how to punch readers in the feels (a case study). Fiction University
Shaelin shows you how to assess your manuscript. Reedsy
Greer Macallister: the responsibility of world building. Then, Sarah Penner shares 100 content ideas for every stage of your writing career. Donald Maass: it’s inevitable. Desmond Hall has a new edition of Desmond’s Drops for May. Writer Unboxed
Erica Brozovsky: can computers really talk? Otherwords | PBS Storied
K.M. Weiland examines the crone’s shadow archetypes in part 13 of her archetypal character arcs series. Helping Writers Become Authors
Elizabeth Spann Craig explains what it means to show up as an author.
The age of fanfiction. The Take
September C. Fawkes helps you balance your cast of characters. Then, Angela Ackerman shows you how to set yourself up for success before you write a single word. Writers Helping Writers
Janice Hardy shares five ways to keep your protagonist proactive. Later in the week, John Peragine discusses Vella in part 2 of his serializing storytelling series. Writers in the Storm
Jenna Moreci hosts Iona Wayland to discuss writing mental illness.
Desiree Villena shares five tips for crafting an irresistible first line. Flogging the Quill
Kristen Lamb says that characters are the emotional touchstone readers crave.
John B. Thompson shares an excerpt from Book Wars: the new Holy Grail for traditional publishers is direct-to-reader relationships. Jane Friedman
Chris Winkle: your plot s fractal. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five baffling tech explanations in speculative fiction. Mythcreants
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!