Articles of the Week:

The Mysterious Masked Women of Iran by Rodolfo Contreras – The face mask worn by many Bandari women is probably the most striking of all their unusual attire.

The Widows Who Can’t Return Home by Pascal Mannaerts – Rejected by their communities and abandoned by their loved ones, thousands of Hindu women make their way to Vrindavan, a pilgrimage city that’s home to more than 20,000 widows.

World Building is Overwhelming by Nthato Morakabi – Imagine you had to create Earth from scratch. If that thought isn’t daunting enough, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of building Earth.

Is Your Story Suffering From “Convenience Factor”? by Jennifer Blanchard – What he means by that is, rather than optimizing the story in a way that moves it forward and ties into the plot, the writer uses convenience methods to make things happen: adding a random character in to deliver important information, dropping things in your Protagonist’s lap and not actually forcing him to do any work.

What Is Your Bad Guy’s Motive? By K.M. Weiland – Every compelling story has two main characters: the protagonist and the antagonist. This is true even if your antagonist is hardly ever on stage

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Video of the Week: Why Cities Are Where They Are

If you’re busy with worldbuilding, this is quite an interesting video to watch and keep in mind.

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