Happy Tuesday, everyone! Time to indulge in some informal writerly learnings.
K.M. Weiland continues her archetypal character arcs series with part four: the queen arc. Helping Writers Become Authors
Sharon Oard Warner advises you to find the ending before you return to the beginning. Jane Friedman
Yuvi Zalkow encourages you to expose your mess. Sarah Penner considers women’s empowerment in fiction from a bookseller’s perspective. Later in the week, Liza Nash Taylor declares, there will be worms. Writer Unboxed
Jill Bearup considers boob armor: four things you need to know.
James Scott Bell wants you to turn envy into energy. Later in the week, Becca Puglisi shares eleven techniques for transforming clichéd phrasings. Writers Helping Writers
Jeanette the Writer lists eight essential edits for your novel. Later in the week, Emily R. King wants you to find your voice. Then, Ann McCallum Staats shares five hands-on research techniques for spot-on writing. DIY MFA
Shaelin looks at Deus Ex Machina: what it is, why it happens, and how to fix it. Reedsy
Janice Hardy points out six places infodumps like to hide in your novel. Fiction University
Then, Shaelin explains how to write a cliff-hanger that keeps readers turning pages. Reedsy
Janice Hardy asks, does you novel have a problem? (It should.) Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle: Space Sweepers shows us what excellent messaging is. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five common story fragmentations and how to consolidate them. Mythcreants
Emily Zarka examines the Taotie: the mystery of Chinese mythology’s famous glutton. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Nina Munteanu: the semicolon is dead; long live the semicolon.
Harry Potter isn’t a good guy. The Take
Cassandra Drudi encourages you to listen to Waubgeshig Rice and Jennifer David’s new podcast, Storykeepers, an audio book club on Indigenous literature. Quill & Quire
Kyle Muzyka interviews Richard Van Camp on storytelling and its power to combat loneliness. CBC’s Unreserved
John Dickerson interviews Colson Whitehead, the only fiction writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for consecutive works. 60 Minutes
Guy Kawasaki interviews Luvvie Ajayi Jones for the Remarkable People Podcast.
Gabriel Weisz Carrington explains how his mother, Leonora Carrington, used tarot to reach self-enlightenment. Literary Hub
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.