It’s that time of the week when you get to reward yourself with some informal writerly learnings 🙂
K.M. Weiland explains how to intertwine plot, character, and theme in every scene. New insights from my favourite guru 🙂 Helping Writers Become Authors
This column was a-MA-zing. Read it. Love it. Live it! Asking myself why I write … again. Vaughn Roycroft on Writer Unboxed.
Jim Dempsey explains how to create drama with your character’s desire. Writer Unboxed
Roz Morris posts about what she wished she’d known in school: two instructions for making a creative life. Nail Your Novel
Jennie Nash stops by Writers Helping Writers to explain how the growth mindset for writers leads to the satisfaction of excellence.
Chuck Wendig explains how to be a writer in this fucked-ass age of rot and resistance. Terribleminds
Literary agent Barbara Poelle answers the question, what are the best times to query an agent? Funny you should ask. Writer’s Digest
Nathan Bransford confesses something about the fear of never finishing.
L.L. Barkat stops by Jane Friedman’s blog to share her introvert’s guide to launching a book.
Lisa Hall-Wilson encourages you to write beyond lust and attraction and use the body language of love. Writers in the Storm
Elisabeth Kauffman answers another writerly conundrum in her ask the editor column: travelling between worlds. DIY MFA
Bran L. Ayres wonders, should we include trigger warnings in our novels? Then, Bran L. Ayres returns to Jami Gold’s blog: how to develop and show a healthy romance.
Oren Ashkenazi provides six more bad arguments against social justice in speculative fiction. Then, Oren critiques six supposedly powerful abilities that don’t measure up. Really, it’s about overpowered characters. Mythcreants
Melody Wilding: how mental illness inspired Gabriela Pereira to launch a creative writing business. Forbes
Tajja Isen hopes writers of colour can expand the way they write about their identities. “Despite the position from which I write, and the need for it to inform my work, I also want that work to bloom around a richer core than the supposed pain of racial difference. If each writer chases a singular question, then I need a refrain that does more open-ended, unexpected work than just announcing the color of my skin as the intellectual bottom line — even if, or especially if, that tortured pose is the kind of work that editors expect.” Buzzfeed
Camille Perri says, we need more queer stories where nobody suffers. Electric Lit
MTV’s Decoded: code switching with Franchesca Ramsey.
And that was Tipsday. Tomorrow is hump-day and that’s one day closer to Friday!
Come back on Thursday for your weekly dose of thoughty.
Be well until then, my friends.