Welcome to tipsday, your opportunity to stock up on informal writerly learnings.
Ann Marie Nieves: book PR & marketing questions answered, part VII. Jim Dempsey wants you to exploit your hero’s flaws. Then, Kathleen McCleary is getting over it. Kathryn Crafts says foreshadowing is a revision skill to love. Later in the week, Desmond Hall drops some more writerly wisdom on us. Writer Unboxed
Shaelin shares seven ways to level up your writing process. Reedsy
K.M. Weiland shares 14 tips for dealing with the passage of time in a story. Helping Writers Become Authors
Lisa Norman introduces us to the magic of World Anvil. Then, Monica Corwin suggests eight ways to stay open to story. Jenny Hansen: the extraordinary blessings of asking for help. Writers in the Storm
Have humans always feared sharks? Monstrum | PBS Storied
Jane explains why so many blogs and newsletters aren’t worth the writer’s effort. Then, Lisa Cooper Ellison explains how to gracefully leave your writing group. Jane Friedman
Crafting as a magic system. Tale Foundry
Abigail K. Perry poses seven questions to ask about your first chapter. Then, Gabriela Pereira interviews Claire Stanford about character development in literary fiction. Angela Yeh wants you to embrace your inner poet-activist! Then, Lewis Jorstad suggests five secondary character arcs to strengthen your cast. Later in the week, Linda Dahl explains how to inject humor to relive narrative tension. DIY MFA
The Heather trope and why we’re so obsessed with her. The Take
Story beats: the key to line-by-line writing. Morality genre: altruism stories of redemption, punishment, and testing. Performance genre: stories about sports, music, business, and art. Four Core Framework: the foundational elements of storytelling. Story Grid
How to write realistic male characters. Jenna Moreci
Tiffany Yates Martin explains how writers Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke survive. Fox Print Editorial
Chris Winkle says the best characters eat their spinach—and their candy. Illustrated by Bunny. Then, Oren Ashkenazi critiques five inexplicable planets from Star Trek. Mythcreants
The three planes of story and creating causal connections. A very personal literary theory. Shaelin Writes
Kristen Lamb warns that bloated writing makes readers sick.
Nina Munteanu shares example steps for keeping a nature journal.
Anne Delaney examines chronemics and the nonverbal language of time. JSTOR Daily
Thank you for spending some time with me. I hope you took away something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!