I’m approaching this adventure with very little knowledge of writing aside from my work experience with memos, a class on composition I took in my last year of high school, and a lifetime of reading. The vocabulary and culture of the writing world seems very different from the land of industrial engineering, and I haven’t yet found a flowchart to success. I’m not going back to school for this, so what’s a girl to do? Use the internet and library, of course!
Here are some of the books, podcasts, and videos I’ve been consuming on my quest:
- Writing Excuses Podcast A friend told me about this, and it is both funny and informative. This is where I’m learning all sorts of new “vocabulary” words and different ideas that probably seem obvious to writers.
- 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. Perhaps I shouldn’t worry about speed so early, but NaNoWriMo was approaching! I really liked the tips about planning what I was going to write before I started each day.
- Brandon Sanderson’s BYU Lectures. This is fantastic because it is a college class! It doesn’t have math, which is a bit new for me, but I’ll manage.
- Dan Wells on Story Structure. Look! Another class! Jackpot.
- MasterClass with James Patterson. This was a very different format than the videos above, but enjoyable nonetheless. I think the non-writing classes would be entertaining as well, even if not directly applicable.
- Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This list isn’t exhaustive but is a good summary of my efforts so far. What would you recommend I add? Excellent books, videos, podcasts, conferences or something else I don’t know about? I suspect there’s a big list of this!
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