Your informal writerly learnings for the week, gentle reader 🙂
Marisa de los Santos is writing through the rough parts. Writer Unboxed
Donald Maass expounds on high drama and heroism. Writer Unboxed
Kathryn Craft: proving your protagonist has what it takes. Writer Unboxed
Jeanne Kisacky discusses the ups and downs of the supporters in a writer’s life: a well-deserved expression of gratitude. Writer Unboxed
The island of misfit characters. Where intriguing characters go when they’re … not quite right. Kathryn Magendie on Writer Unboxed.
James Scott Bell: garlic breath for writers (AKA bad first pages). Writers Helping Writers
Angela Ackerman explains how to raise the stakes by making is personal. Writers Helping Writers
A.K. Perry begins a new series on signpost scenes with the disturbance. DIY MFA
Elisabeth Kauffman answers a question about character motive in her new series, ask the editor. DIY MFA
Sierra Delarosa lists five grammar mistakes writers should avoid. DIY MFA
Peter Selgin guest posts on Jane Friedman’s blog: how your story’s opening foreshadows (intentionally or not) what’s to come.
L.L. Barkat, who bid farewell to blogging years ago on Jane Friedman’s blog, returns to explain why blogging may no longer be such a bad thing anymore.
Chuck Wendig responds to Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s tweet defining art and entertainment. Terribleminds
Kristen Lamb: how story forges, defines, and refines character.
Julie Glover asks, are you sick and tired of editing your novel? Writers in the Storm
Oren Ashkenazi explains why the term “Mary Sue” should be retired. Mythcreants
Nina Munteanu says, write about what you know.
Sudbury Writers’ Guild member and vice-president Vera Constantineau is interviewed on Morning North about her new fiction collection, Daisy Chained. CBC
Nnedi Okorafor: science fiction that imagines a future Africa. TED Talks
Leah Schnelbach wonders, how could I forget the liberating weirdness of Madeleine L’Engle? Tor.com
Katy Waldman rereads A Wrinkle in Time after a childhood spent enthralled by Madeleine L’Engle. The New Yorker
Alison Flood reports that Shakespeare may have annotated his own source for Hamlet. The Guardian
Be well until Thursday, my friends!