Here is a list of some of the books, blogs and videos that helped me greatly on the path to understanding the craft of writing.

BOOKS

On Writing : Steven King. Part autobiography part instruction manual. Practical advice direct from the master.

On Writing Well: William Zinsser. Written more that thirty years ago this is more about writing in general not just fiction. Excellent book.

Story: Robert McKee. One of  the best books I’ve read so far on story writing, highly recommend it. The focus is on screen writing but most of it translates to writing novels and short stories.

The Anatomy Of Story I’m reading this as of October 2018. It’s an excellent book. Be warned though, it’s quite dense and requires a lot of stop-start reading and thinking, a bit like an academic text book. But the concepts are enlightening. It’s also a step up from the usual three-act/hero’s journey structure. Highly recommend for those who really what to hone their craft.
I would also suggest getting it as a paperback if you can, handy for taking notes and referring back to it.

2,000 to 10,000. This is a new one I’ve just read. It’s short but very good. The key takeaway is ‘know what you’re going to write before you start’. Rachel Aaron males this point very well in this book. Also has some good advice on finishing and editing.

 

VIDEOS

Brandon Sanderson’s writing lectures at BYU are a must for any fiction author, even if you don’t write fantasy. They’re a bit rough around the edges in terms of production but the information he delivers is golden.

 

PODCASTS

The Creative Penn Arguably the best podcast for writers in general.

The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience. Great podcast, excellent interviews.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast. Three top indie authors discuss book marketing with interviews of successful authors. As the name suggests, it’s more about marketing than craft.

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