It’s the last tipsday (and last day) of January. Get your fill of informal writerly learnings for the week 🙂
Mary McDonough: when doody calls (AKA a telltale sign of writerly procrastination, and what it may reveal). Then, Jamie Beck considers the controversy around trigger warnings in literature: to warn, or not to warn. Emilie-Noelle Provost explains how to handle malicious online comments about your work: taming the haters. Next, Heather Webb says that self-soothing is really all about micro-tension. Liz Michalski tells a tale as old as time. Writer Unboxed
How brands ruin slang. Otherwords | PBS Storied
K.M. Weiland suggests six problems to troubleshoot when your story isn’t working. Helping Writers Become Authors
Deborah Zenha-Adams introduces us to the ancient science that can help you get your story written. Live, Write, Thrive
Elizabeth Spann Craig shares some advice about handling edits and critiques.
The dark side of happy endings. Tale Foundry
F.E. Choe wants you to be brief; be specific; be gorgeous. Then, LA Bourgeois shares five more creativity exercises for writers. Lori Walker interviews Jumata Emill about exploring social justice topics in a YA thriller. Next, Anna M. Holmes says that research is the key to immersive world building. Monica Cox shares five tips for making the most of your first read through. DIY MFA
Tiffany Yates Martin has some advice for college students on how to pursue a career in editing. Then, Julie Vick offers advice about promoting your book as an introvert in the age of TikTok. Jane Friedman
Shaelin shares her 6-arc story structure (character-driven and pantser-friendly) with template. Shaelin Writes
Christina Delay helps you build suspense with secrets. Then, Becca Puglisi discusses originalizing your story idea. Writers Helping Writers
Maria Connor shares five tips for managing your author business during times of crisis. Ellen Buikema: writing science fiction, part 1. Writers in the Storm
On writing antiheroes. Hello, Future Me
Tiffany Yates Martin has some advice about the Dunning-Kruger Effect or dealing with author despair syndrome. Fox Print Editorial
Joanna Penn interviews Oliver Altair about the importance of confident creative direction, voice, and taste in generative AI art. The Creative Penn
Chris Winkle explains why we stigmatize enjoyment. Then, Oren Ashkenazi ranks the climaxes of Marvel’s phase four, from worst to best. Mythcreants
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you took away something to support your current work(s) in progress.
Until Thursday, keep staying safe and well, my writerly friends!