March 21, 2016

George R.R. Martin Masterclass

Have several videos here for ya. Tiff calls this first video a masterclass in and of itself. It's more like an interview, but George does talk quite a bit about the craft writing, biographical information aside. Enjoy:

March 11, 2016

Fiction Writing Podcasts from The University of Iowa

  The University of Iowa offers recordings of writing events associated with itself in a podcast called "The Writing University." I recommend you subscribe and download here if you're the podcast type, if you're not, that's alright, I made this post for you so you can listen online instead.

  The links below are all of the fiction recordings from The Writing University that caught my eye. Enjoy.

March 10, 2016

Brandon Sanderson Creative Writing Lectures

  Brandon Sanderson is an extremely talented, best selling science fiction and fantasy author. From the Stormlight Archive to the Mistborn series, from the Rithmatist to Steelheart, he's an amazing writer with a large fan base.

  He taught several years at BYU and recorded his 2012, 2013, and 2014 course lectures from there. What this ends up being, when watched as a whole, is basically a FREE UNIVERSITY COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING. That's exciting, so I put it in caps. If you're looking for creative writing tips, or creative writing lectures, and you want them for free...this a great place to start.

  Below are the links to his 2012 and 2013 creative writing course lectures as provided on his website, a link to the 321 Class recorded in 2014, and a link to a podcast Sanderson is a part of called "Writing Excuses." Several of the links on his website are broken, which is why I took the time to provide every link to the different lecture videos myself.

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February 08, 2016

Pre-Writing a Scene

  The idea is simple: 10 or so minutes to pre-write key events, quotes, and development you want to hit in your next scene. But it does WONDERS, especially for those with ADD. It increased my writing speed, my finishing rate on stories, and has been instrumental in blasting past any blocks to actually get some fiction writing done.