This week was just yummy 🙂
The Wordstock Sudbury 2016 schedule is up 🙂
Prism International interviews George Elliott Clarke, one of our Wordstock guests of honour.
Your #NaNoWriMo prep posts for the week:
Nina Amir guest posts on K.M. Weiland’s Helping writers become authors: how to get up close with your characters.
Chris Saylor guest posts on Marcy Kennedy’s blog: how to punctuate dialogue.
Roz Morris shares her insights on how to write emotions. Nail your novel
Donald Maass looks at four kinds of pace. Writer Unboxed
Joanna Penn: how to find and capture ideas for your novel. The Creative Penn
Janice Hardy guest posts on Writer Unboxed: a ten step guide to plotting a practice novel.
Therese Walsh explores dehumanization in fiction using one of my favourite movies, The Shawshank Redemption. Writer Unboxed
Cathy Yardley: just say yes. Writer Unboxed
Chris Winkle thinks the surprise kiss must go. Why? It’s a matter of consent. Mythcreants
Chuck Wendig offers some good writing (and life) advice: control what you can control. Terribleminds
Later in the week, he shares ten quick story tips to use or discard at your leisure.
Kameron Hurley shares her experience: five years a novelist.
Sarah Waters shares her ten rules of writing fiction. Aerogramme Writing Studio
Last Sunday I spent the day online in a short fiction intensive with Mary Robinette Kowal (!) Here’s one of the resources she shared on critiquing:
Carly Watters offers ten ways to personalize your query letter.
Kristen Lamb: what the dreaded synopsis reveals about our writing.
Anna Davis: how to prepare your submission package. Curtis Brown Creative
Ursula K. Le Guin has stopped writing fiction, but we need her more than ever. Zoë Carpenter for The Nation.
When Steven Musil reported that Amazon was cracking down on incentivized reviews, everyone panicked, until it was clarified that this policy change would not apply to ARCs provided for book review purposes. cnet
Sarah Gailey: why we write about witches. Tor.com
Lisa Rosman: what The Girl on the Train is really about. Signature Reads
Angelica Jade Bastièn says the price of fandom can be too high for women of colour. New Republic
Julia Alexander examines sexism in television in the microcosm of Adult Swim. Polygon
Shane Parrish: what you read changes your brain. Medium
If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you speak English better than 90% of English speakers in the world. I must admit, I flubbed two or three <blushes>. The Poke
Ephrat Livni for Quartz: a linguist’s love letter to profanity and why it’s okay to swear in front of kids.
Dark Horse Comics will be producing the next two seasons of The Legend of Korra in print. Rob Bricken for i09. Moar Korra! Eeeeee!
Evan Narcisse talks to Greg Rucka about the reaction to Wonder Woman’s canon bisexuality. i09
Did you see the premiere of Westworld last Sunday? Here are a few pieces about it.
Michael Bennett Cohn looks at Westworld through the lens of the golem story. The Forward
Can Westworld do for science fiction what Game of Thrones did for fantasy? Charlie Jane Anders for Wired.
I’m watching and enjoying it. Phil, not so much, but then, he did see the original movie (which I haven’t) and he just doesn’t see how the writers can turn it into a series and so he’s closed to the possibilities.
Evan Narcisse explores how Luke Cage uses blackness for i09.
Netflix provides a release date (and teaser) for Iron Fist: March 17, 2017.
Outlander casts Marsali and adult Fergus. Entertainment Weekly
The Doctor Who Christmas special features superheroes (!) plus a wee teaser. Katharine Trendacosta for i09.
See you Thursday!