If you grew up in the United States, there’s no way you made it out of high school without reading one of Jane Yolen’s books. If you teach young children, there’s no way you’ve never seen her name on a book cover. The prolific writer offers advice, encouragement, and motivation to just WRITE THE DAMN BOOK! Happy writing, friends.
Read the full article here: Grand Master Jane Yolen on Why It’s Important to Just ‘Write the Damn Book’
Feedback is a BIG part of working in a creative profession, more so than in others. Most feedback is intended to be constructive, helpful, and send your project in a stronger direction. However, some feedback has the opposite effect. Susan DeFreitas provides some tips on how to spot feedback that is genuinely toxic and how to handle it when you encounter it.
Read full article here: How to Spot Toxic Feedback: 7 Signs That the Writing Advice You’re Getting May Do More Harm Than Good
Ken Lazer with Backstage provides five tricks to help actors get into character as you prepare to meet with a casting director or getting ready to go on stage.
Read full article here: 5 Ways to Get Into Character
Jeff Goldsmith with ScreenCraft sat down with nine of the 2016 Oscar nominees in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay categories to talk about everything from the best writing advice to favorite procrastinating methods – yes, you read the correctly, as well as battling the obstacles and demons. Enjoy.
Full article and podcast here: The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters
Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft created a list of three of the most common mistakes writers make when developing the concepts for their stories and offers insight on how to correct these errors.
Read full article here: 3 Most Common Conceptual Mistakes Screenwriters Make
Co-founder of Story Broads Despina Karintis, with her engaging brand of humor, provides five steps to help writers get the story OUT of their head and ON to the page.
STORY BROADS: 5 Tips to Get Your Story on the Page
MASTERCLASS has been providing incredible opportunities for newcomers to creative industries to learn from the masters. You can learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay to acting from Kevin Spacey to tennis with Serena Williams. One Reddit user chronicled his experience with Aaron Sorkin’s MasterClass on Screenwriting.
Read the full article here: Notes from Aaron Sorkin’s Screenwriting Masterclass
Laura Martin provides a helpful list of tricks and tools to use when naming your story characters. Every writers knows this to be a tremendous chore and one that has a serious influence on your characters and how they are portrayed and perceived.
Read the full article here: Naming Characters
If you’re a history nerd like me, you’ll appreciate this post. Melody Faith at Kingdom Pen provides some helpful advice on conducting research for writing historical fiction. Some of these pointers could be equally helpful in researching for other genres as well.
Read the full article here: How to Research for Historical Fiction