Another week, another batch of informal writerly learnings. And so it goes …
Vaughn Roycroft is living an artist’s life with lessons from Kate Bush. Then, Erika Liodice is finding inspiration in unexpected places. Tessa Barbosa shares some easy tricks for crafting memorable characters. Then, Sarah Callender is writing (and living) in the midst of fear. Barbara O’Neal considers the practice. Writer Unboxed
Tim fixes Legend of Korra season 2. Hello, Future Me
K.M. Weiland offers eight ways to avoid cardboard characters and plot contrivances. Helping Writers Become Authors
Susan DeFreitas explains how (and how not) to write queer characters: a primer. Then, Tiffany Yates Martin reveals how to improve your storytelling by studying other people’s. Jane Friedman
That … could have gone better? (Analysis of Luke vs. Vader in Empire Strikes Back.) Jill Bearup
Kris Maze says re-gear your writing career—take risks to revitalize. Then, Jenny Hansen shares Kurt Vonnegut’s ten tips for successful writing. L.A. Mitchell is opening the top-secret client vault on ghostwriting (and how you can find your first). Writers in the Storm
Teresa Conner shares three design secrets for captivating book adds. Hyacinthe M. Miller helps you avoid writing stereotypes of people of color. Writers Helping Writers
Death by misadventure—Passing and the nature of identity. Princess Weekes
LA Bourgeois is battling the guilt monster. Then, F.E. Choe offers a few, humble thoughts on voice. Michael Bourne lists five ways to turn your setting into a fully realized character. DIY MFA
Tiffany Yates Martin points out the main writing skill you may be neglecting. Fox Print Editorial
Moiya McTier—Trickster gods and the mortals who love them. Fate & Fabled | PBS Storied
Chuck Wendig says sometimes writing is finding a place to put all your rage, sorrow, and even joy. Terribleminds
Chris Winkle explains how to write a first-person retelling. Then, Oren Ashkenazi reveals the myth of conflict-free story structures. Mythcreants
Kristen Lamb: writing to formula vs. formulaic writing.
Thank you for visiting with me 🙂 I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!