Writing Resources

The following is a curated list of resources I have used to learn about the crafts of writing and storytelling. I feel the various resources listed here have valuable knowledge to teach, interesting insight to give, and lessons to impart. Listings with an asterisk (*) are resources I found to be incredibly valuable for my development as a storyteller—which doesn’t necessarily mean they will be as valuable for you—and I think are worth your time.

Books

Crafting a Story

Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K.M. Weiland

Understanding Conflict (And What It Really Means) by Janice Hardy

* Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And What It Really Means) by Janice Hardy

Revision and Editing

Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft by Janice Hardy

* Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction by David Michael Kaplan

Writing Crisp and Clear Prose

* The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need by Susan Thurman

The Writer’s Diet: A Guide to Fit Prose by Helen Sword

Miscellaneous

How to Write for Animation by Jeffrey Scott

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Courses

Free

* 2020 Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy taught by Brandon Sanderson at BYU

  • Other than the worldbuilding lecture, most of the glass is genre agnostic.

* 2016 Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy taught by Brandon Sanderson at BYU

  • Other than the worldbuilding lecture, most of the glass is genre agnostic.

* Lecture #7: Short Stories – With Special Guest Instructure Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Part of Brandon Sanderson’s 2020 BYU writing course

Paid

Judy Blume Teaches Writing by MasterClass

Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing by MasterClass

* Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling by MasterClass

Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing for Television by MasterClass

Walter Mosley Teaches Fiction and Storytelling by MasterClass

Podcasts

Writing Excuses

Websites

Writing

* Fiction University

Helping Writers Become Authors

Writer’s Digest

Critiquing

* Critique Circle

* The Diplomatic Critiquer: The Nitty Gritty Of How To Be One by Andrew Burt

* Critiquing the Wild Writer: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It by Andrew Burt

Writing Aids and Assistants

Grammarly

ProWritingAid

YouTube Channels/Videos

Writing

* Brandon Sanderson

* Diane Callahan – Quotidian Writer

iWriterly

* Critiquing Or How to train your Internal Editor by Mary Robinette Kowal

* Shaelin Writes

Writing with Jenna Moreci

Worldbuilding

Hello Future Me

Overly Sarcastic Productions

Film and TV Analysis and Criticism

* FilmJoy

Just Write

Lindsay Ellis

Patrick (H) Willems

Game Mastering and Dungeons & Dragons

Critical Role

D&D Beyond

GM Tips presented by Geek & Sundry

How to be a Great GM

Matthew Colville

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