These pages serve as a collection of resources I find useful, and also as a personal journal where I jot down some notes on each resource. Originally these were just notes inside Microsoft OneNote. But the more I thought about it, the more it became clear to me that there was no reason to keep those notes private. This collection of resources is just me sharing resources I’m using, I hope you find something useful here.
I’m very fond of craft books. Really, I might be addicted to them. I should be writing instead of reading about writing, but some of those books are sooooo good.
- Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction.
- Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club.
- Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew.
- Ten Things About Writing: Build Your Story, One Word at a Time.
- Write Faster, Write Smarter book series.
These are some channels that I think provide amazing content about creative writing. Really, if you take nothing away from this collection of resources, at least check these links.
These podcasts are sources of everlasting wisdom. Don’t miss them.
Exercises are a great way to feel like you’re writing while avoiding the damn novel you should be working on, I mean, exercises are a cool way of improving your writing skills.
I really enjoy plot structures. I understand that they alone can’t make for a good story, but I feel that understanding these structures and patterns will make it easier for you to craft your own stories.
Maybe it is a bit of nostalgia. I studied in a film school and they drilled both the three act structure and the hero’s journey in us all. I really loved those classes. It was only when I moved to the UK, started to really think about changing to a writing career, and decided to study story craft more deeply, that I learned about all the other structures. It was like discovering a little treasure chest. There has always been stories that I enjoyed but couldn’t really place in the three act structure or the hero’s journey—with apologies to Joseph Campbell—that were finally unlocked when I learned about other structures such as the Fichtean Curve.