The Big Idea — John Scalzi
Five Things — Chuck Wendig
The Ordinary Extraordinary: Contrast in the Works of Robin McKinley — Tor.com
An article on why McKinley’s fantasy protagonists work so remarkably well for me (because they’re people, rather than high-fantasy tropes), discussing the importance of contrast in fiction to maximize both interest and dynamic potential.
What it says on the tin. I'm a big proponent of transformative works in general, and I have learned a very great deal over the centuries from writing and reading fic.
6 Ways that Fanfiction Makes Your Writing Stronger — Tor.com
Much has been written about the enormous importance of looking things up before you write about them so as to avoid ranking too high on the Dan Brown Scale of Did Not Do The Research—but there’s another side to this particular coin.