Hyperlink Time (Or, A Useful Collection of Things)


Craft Resources I Found Illuminating

Seth Dickinson Deconstructing His Book The Traitor Baru Cormorant

What he writes vs. what it indicates is a masterclass in indirection, i.e. hinting at a character’s emotional state without outright stating it

Sloane Leong’s Entire Blog

Here’s an example of a recent craft post asking, “What Makes A Good Story?”

The Concept of ‘Story Engines’

Turns out many things can power a story, not just character or plot. Bonus: an image can be a story structure!

Nalo Hopkinson’s Craft Talk about POV and ‘Feeding the Hungry Ghosts’

Your reader is a ghost borrowing the narrator’s body, or POV, so how do you make your reader feel like they’re experiencing your story? Why, sensory language!

Works I Learned From

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The prose precision and clarity of detail

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Sharpness of words, obsession, indulgence

“Selkie Stories Are For Losers” by Sofia Samatar

Structure, sentence length, voice, suspension and release and heaving

Visual Media Whose Aesthetics I Appreciated

  • Adventure Time
  • Over the Garden Wall
  • Devilman Crybaby
  • Chainsaw Man
  • Dorohedoro
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Spirited Away
  • Nausicaa
  • “Twins in Paradise” by Vewn (YouTube)
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