Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure ChestWriting-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • “Unfortunately, it’s harder to create a memorable character than most people think.” So notes Silas House in an essay for The New York Times‘s “Draft” column. Fortunately, House offers some advice for surmounting the challenges in the same essay.
  • Also on the subject of crafting character: Karen E. Bender on “What Great Writing Can Teach Us About Trayvon Martin.”
  • On The New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog, Casey N. Cep revisits a short story Eudora Welty wrote after the murder of Medgar Evers. (I remember reading about this in the correspondence between Welty and William Maxwell.)
  • The Renegade Writer specifies the first five things you need to do if you want to start freelance writing.
  • Great guidance for speakers and workshop presenters on negotiating honoraria. (h/t @JaneFriedman)
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday!