Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
Because the only restaurant service other than take out currently allowed in our city is on a patio, local restaurants have been erecting patios all over the place, even getting exemptions from the municipal by-laws to create patio spaces on sidewalks. The complication, of course, is that people with disabilities, of which there are many living in the downtown core where most of these patios are popping up, are now having to use the street and risk what traffic there is, to move from place to place.
Yes, our economy needs to recover, but not at cost to the disadvantaged members of our community.
We have to commit to using the disruption of covid-19 to recover in a sustainable and respectful way. This is our chance to change our society for the better.
Thanks for your attention. Here are your informal writerly learnings for the week.
The Take takes on the white savior trope.
Natalie Hart is gaining wisdom and whimsy from the natural world. Donald Maass: we are unsafe. Then, Bryn Greenwood is on the way to Jerusalem (not quite what you think). Barbara Linn Probst clarifies that it’s not write what you know, but write from what you know: cooking life into fiction. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland examines the three stages of a writer’s life and how your age affects your writing. Helping Writers Become Authors
Jenn Walton wants you to write outside your comfort zone. Then, Bronwen Fleetwood wonders, is this a YA thing? On pay rates, racism, and toxicity in publishing. DIY MFA
Elizabeth Hartl shares some tips for overcoming imposter syndrome. Writers Helping Writers
Jenna Moreci returns with ten more tips for evoking emotion in your writing.
Jami Gold provides five ways to climb the learning curve.
Chris Winkle shares lessons from the terrible writing of Eragon’s sequel. Then, Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five stories that killed the wrong character. Mythcreants
Writing the morally ambiguous character. Shaelin Writes
Anthony R. Cardno interviews Nisi Shawl for Pride Month.
20 Canadian books for kids and teens to read for National Indigenous History Month. CBC Books
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!