RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

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This is a list of books, podcasts and articles about writing that I've really enjoyed. I hope they help you in some way too.

BOOKS

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott (1994) - A funny, poignant read on how and why we write.

On Writing, by Stephen King (1999) - A master storyteller recounts his life as a writer, and lists a few fundamentals of craft.

The Creative Writing Coursebook, ed. Julia Bell and Paul Magrs (2001) - A book of practical exercises to tune up your ears and eyes.

Into The Woods, by John Yorke (2013) - On the power of story structure, from fairytale to soap opera.

PODCASTS

Out on the Wire, with Jessica Abel - How to create a story step by step, from character, to structure, to editing.

A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, with Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie - Writers in conversation.

Scriptnotes, with John August and Craig Mazin - On screenwriting and the world of screenwriters.

ARTICLES / BLOGS

"How To Be a Contemporary Writer", by Roxane Gay - roxanegay.tumblr.com

"What Getting an MFA in Fiction Meant to Me", by Alexander Chee - Buzzfeed

"George Saunders: What writers really do when they write" - The Guardian

"Ocean Vuong on being generous in your work" - The Creative Independent

"My Best Writing Tip" - The Guardian

Zen Cho - Blog of fantasy author Zen Cho.

 

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