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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand

A Publishing Tool

Write on Sisters: Voice, Courage, and Claiming Your Place at the Table by Brooke Warner is an engaging and needed look at publishing and gender. The book reviews how books by women are classified, received, and promoted by publishers, and compares men's and women's publication rates by genre. It also details changes in the publishing industry with the rise of self and hybrid publishing, and discusses female authorship from the early women writers who battled traditional roles to the new voices heard as part of the #metoo movement. Warner encourages women to speak up and write through her own stories and those of other women writers. This is a "must-read" for any woman writing or publishing today.


Craft Tip

A character's arc is closely tied to the plot but is the internal journey of the main character as the plot happens to them. To write a strong character arc, you need to understand your main character's desires and how their beliefs shape their world. A writer throws plot issues at their main character over the course of the novel, and the character responds to these issues based on their desires and beliefs. Those plot issues, and what the character learns from them shape their psyche. This causes them to change and adjust their desires beliefs just like a real person would. By the end of the book, the character has learned and grown, and that growth is their character arc.


Photo Inspiration - There's a Story Here: Alaska, USA 1981

What story would you write about this photo?


Weekly Mindset Video - WFWA and Writing Communities


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