Yup. Lots of informal writerly learnings for you this week. LOTS!
K.M. Weiland answers reader questions about scenes versus chapters. Helping writers become authors. Later in the week, Kate invites Wordplayer, Usvaldo de Leon, Jr., to share his thoughts on setting up the potential for change in character arcs.
Lisa Cron guest posts on Writers Helping Writers: how your character’s misbelief drives the plot. Later in the week, Angela Ackerman provides this amazing list of resources for writers.
Karen Woodward explores C.S. Lewis’s writing advice.
Jo Eberhardt shares her lessons learned from watching Supernatural. Writer Unboxed
Kristen Lamb shows how Girl on the Train demonstrates the two elements that all great stories share.
Barbara O’Neal responds to the Merritt Tierce article I shared last week: money and the writer. Writer Unboxed
Joanna Penn interviews Toby Neal on The Creative Penn podcast.
Janice Hardy guest posts on Writers in the Storm: five reasons your revisions aren’t working.
Erika Robuck has a message for all of us about remembering why we started writing. Writer Unboxed
Steven Pressfield digs deeper into the reasons he writes.
Jami Gold explores how to strengthen your stakes. It’s not always about going big.
Veronica Sicoe discusses story world design and choosing the right time period.
Oren Ashkenazi lists six ways flight changes a fantasy setting. Mythcreants
Bonnie Randall guest posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: on balance versus burn-out.
It’s NaNoWriMo prep season! Joe Bunting shares ten catalysts that will help you win NaNoWriMo. The Write Practice
Catherine McKenzie unpacks the issue of audience limiting covers for books by women authors. Writer Unboxed
More fallout from the Lionel Shriver keynote:
Stephanie Saul reports on how campuses are teaching freshmen about cultural sensitivity and microaggression. The New York Times. This was the kind of thing that Janet Reid ranted about last week.
Liz Dwyer closes the diversity gap in young adult literature. Take part
Tshaka Armstrong discusses Luke Cage, Black Panther, and why superheroes of colour matter. Rotten Tomatoes
Jenny Kay Dupuis shares her grandmother’s residential school story in honour of Orange Shirt Day. CBC
Heidi Ulrichsen interviews Danielle Daniel about her new memoir. Sudbury.com. Later in the week, Danielle was interviewed on CBC Sudbury’s Morning North.
Carl Slaughter of File 770 interviews Kelly Robson.
Haralambi Markov reviews Charlotte Ashley’s body of short fiction. Tor.com
Fran Wilde’s characters aren’t defined by their disabilities. Natalie Zutter for Tor.com.
PW Radio interviews Nisi Shawl on her novel, Everfair, and Writing the Other.
Rachel Cordasco reflects on the Three Body trilogy. Tor.com
Margaret Atwood writes about re-envisioning Shakespeare’s The Tempest in her novel, Hag-Seed. The Guardian
Laura Miller muses on the haunting of Shirley Jackson. Literary Hub
Michelle Fazekas and Tara Butters, the showrunners behind Marvel’s Agent Carter, sell series ideas to various networks, including a series based on Wesley Chu’s Tao series. Deadline
Susan Spann explains when you should walk away from a publishing deal. Writer Unboxed
Ed Nawotka of Publishers Weekly says the publishing world needs more Canada.
Wallace Immen visits the Penguin Random House offices where curling up with a good book is encouraged. The Globe and Mail
Award news! The British Fantasy Award winners announced 🙂
The Scotia Bank Giller Shortlist is announced.
Martha Schabas reviews Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny and the play’s exploration of the double standard of consent. The Globe and Mail
Tori Amos: Trump is disrespectful to all women. The singer/songwriter talks about her response to Audrie and Daisy, the role of storytelling in her creative process, and accountability. The Daily Beast
And here’s her LA Times piece on the same issues.
Thu-Huong Ha lists 30 words and phrases that will soon be eliminated from American English. Quartz
Author Hannah Kent dives into the Irish world of faith and fantasy. Donna Liu for The Guardian.
John Plotz writes about the influence of Ursula K. Le Guin. The Guardian
Matt Santori-Griffith interviews Greg Rucka on Wonder Woman and queer narrative. Comicosity
Entertainment Weekly shares a fan-made mash-up between Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Awesomesauce 🙂
Anne Perry recommends five Stephen King books you should read if you liked Stranger Things. Hodderscape
Estelle Tang talks to Sam Heughan about sweat, sheep-dipping, and Outlander spoilers. Elle
Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly takes a first look at Outlander’s new season. Later in the week, Lynette shares some breaking news on another actor cast for season three.
Film festival audiences say Split may be M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie yet.
Whew! I’m exhausted.
See you Thursday!