You want moar informal writerly learnings, you say?
Here they are!
K.M. Weiland shares the secret to writing dynamic characters: it’s always their fault. Helping writers become authors
Later in the week, Kate returns with more lessons from the MCU: stay true to your characters.
Tonia Marie Harris guest posts on Writer Unboxed: confessions of an intrepid mermaid.
Lisa Cron digs deeper into the response to her last Writer Unboxed post, in which she posited an alternative to the plotter/pantser dichotomy. It’s hard to own what you believe.
Dave King: give your characters roots. Writer Unboxed
Dan Blank: share your voice. Writer Unboxed
Chuck Wendig: here’s how to finish that fucking book, you monster. Terribleminds
Later in the week, Chuck posts: it’s art that will help us survive.
Susan Brooks returns to Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: the importance of genre specificity, part two. Then, Janice guests on C.S. Lakin’s Live, write, thrive: are you making these three common revision mistakes?
Megan Hannum shares five apps that will help you revise your manuscript. DIYMFA
Laura Drake: nail that first line. Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle shares her insights into creating your antagonist’s journey. Mythcreants
W.B. Sullivan shares six ways to cultivate urgency that will captivate readers. The Write Life
Rebecca Smith: what Jane Austin can teach us about building suspense. Literary Hub
Alice Sudlow posts on the proper order of adjectives.* The Write Practice
*It should be noted that I posted about this in past weeks, including Chuck Wendig’s take.
Roz Morris offers her views on writing as a hobby, an art, a profession, a business, or a vocation. Is there a difference and why is it important? Nail your novel
Kimberly Brock embraces her inner weirdos on Writers in the Storm.
Kirsten Oliphant posts on Jane Friedman’s blog: how to leverage the power of someone else’s platform without being smarmy. Later in the week, Andrea Dunlop shares five questions you should ask yourself when you’re getting ready for a book launch.
So this was a thing that happened:
- Merritt Tierce published this piece for Marie Claire: I published my debut novel to critical acclaim—and then promptly went broke.
- Then Kameron Hurley shared her thoughts.
- Jami Gold mentioned Tierce’s article in her post on quitting the evil day job.
- And Chuck Wendig posted this: Yes, Virginia, writing is too a job.
- Related: Ester Bloom’s Billfold article, which Chuck also references in his post.
- And Lincoln Michel’s response to it in Electric Lit.
Leonard Cohen celebrates his birthday with a present to us. Bob Boilen for NPR.
Buzzfeed lists 28 underused words that you should start using.
Jane Friedman offers her annual state of publishing update.
Publishers Weekly shares the results from their publishing industry salary survey. The trends and disparity are still unsettling.
Susanne Althoff looks at The Bestseller Code and how algorithms could save publishing but ruin novels. Wired
Viet Thanh Nguyen unpacks the complicated issue of diversity in publishing. The Library Journal
Alyssa Wong, Alice Sola Kim, Cat Valente, and Seth Dickenson discuss diversity in science fiction. Leah Schnelbach for Tor.com.
Emily V. Gordon says that television writers are doing a better job at portraying characters with mental illness. The New York Times
Keri Walsh: the taming of the bard. Public Books
More sadness: Terry Jones diagnosed with dementia 😦 The Telegraph
A Nigerian comics startup is creating African superheroes. Lily Kuo for Quartz.
Sarah Gailey posits that Hermione Granger is more than just a sidekick. Tor.com
And now, I’m a little exhausted.
See you Thursday!