Welcome to week nine of #pandemiclife.
Here in Ontario, the Premiere has authorized some businesses to reopen. Street-facing retail stores that can deliver curb-side service. Veterinarians, groomers, and pet boarding businesses. Essential-adjacent health support services. My mother-in-law will be able to get her housekeeper back—physically distanced, of course. And golf courses. And cottage country (which really doesn’t want to be open, from what I’ve been hearing).
Will we have another spike? Will we have to dial back? I’m maintaining the status quo. Kind of. I’ll be delivering virtual training over the next couple weeks. It’s going to be interesting. And … I’ve already been asked to deliver the next session, which is pretty much back to back, because there aren’t enough trainers who are comfortable with the platform, or even virtual training, to spread out the burden.
There are apparently five such courses to be delivered between now and September. I hesitate to be on the hook for all of them. But this may be my work life, moving forward.
I’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime, please enjoy some informal writerly learnings 🙂
K.M. Weiland uses a brave critique volunteer’s work to discuss seven possible hooks for your opening chapter. Helping Writers Become Authors
K.B. Jensen explains how to throw a virtual book launch using Facebook Live. Then, Chantel Hamilton provides a comprehensive guide to finding, hiring, and working with an editor. Jane Friedman
Shaelin Bishop continues her series on developing a novel with part 4: form, style, and voice. Reedsy
Joanna Penn interviews Larry Brooks about how to develop strong fiction ideas. The Creative Penn
Leanne Sowul touts the power of paying attention. Later in the week, Sarah Fraser lists five signs you’re ready to work with an editor. DIY MFA
Jim Dempsey helps you decide, your words, or your editor’s? Juliet Marillier: consolation or challenge? Kathryn Craft shares eight ways to unblock your scene’s potential. Writer Unboxed
September C. Fawkes explains how plotlines add dimension. Writers Helping Writers
Jami Gold wonders whether breaking the rules is easy or hard.
Jenna Moreci says imposter syndrome sucks, but you don’t.
Nathan Bransford tells you everything authors need to know about dialogue tags.
Aliza Mann explains how to get back on track when all your planning fails. Fiction University
Kristen Lamb wants you to create a story-worthy problem that will captivate an audience.
How the strong black woman trope has evolved. The Take
Barbara Linn Probst lists three motivations to write: artistry, identity, and legacy. Writers in the Storm
Chris Winkle says, no. “Art” does not entitle you to spread harmful messages. Then, Oren Ashkenazi gets facetious with seven musts for dominating a fantasy battle. Mythcreants
Richard Marpole goes for a walk among the trees: a look at forests in myth and media. Fantasy Faction
Esther Jones: science fiction builds resilience in young readers. Phys.org
Simon Winchester: has “run” run amok? It has 645 meanings … so far. NPR
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve taken away something to support your current work in progress (or planning/development of same).
Until Thursday, stay safe and be well, my writerly friends!