Compilation .003 [writer’s edition]

Welcome to the weekly Friday Compilation – a list of cool content that I find across the inter webs! This week is a special edition: writing.

Because I love writing and in the process of (trying) to write a book, I wanted to share some of my favorite resources.

Tweet

First off, the obligatory tweet.

Resouces

  • Young Writers, Young Authors – The Rebelution has an amazing video series aimed at young writers. This links to the first video series.
  • WriterScore Assessment – The Rebelution has also put together an awesome self-evaluation tool for writers. When you’re done, make sure to join their awesome Facebook group!
  • Reedsy – I just discovered Reedsy through the Facebook group and it is super awesome. A ton of resources for editing, design, publicity, you name it.
  • Snowflake Method – I am borrowing some of these steps as I write my book. A great resource for fiction writers.
  • Writerology – I occasionally refer to this site for character development.

Book

One of the few books I read last year:

  • Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

Although it is meant for screenwriting, I learned many great principles for storytelling. One of my favorite quotes about storytelling happens to come from the same author:

A storyteller is a life poet, an artist who transforms day-to-day living, inner life and outer life, dream and actuality into a poem whose rhyme scheme is events rather than words. – McKee

YouTube

I know I shared this last week, but it really is that good:

In this video, Michael Arndt (screenwriter for Toy Story 3) explains his perspectives on writing the first act of a story:

Tell Me

By now, you can probably tell that screenwriting has heavily influenced my approach to writing. Is that good? Bad? Is there certain principles of screenwriting that do not carry over to writing a book? Tell me what you think below…

Writing + Editing

  • Reedsy
  • Hemingway Editor – I use to be guilty of long, over-complicated sentences. This tool has been incredible in improving my writing. Beware: Hemingway hates “-ly”!
  • Grammarly – For people who have trouble spelling (like me!), this is a life-saver.

Music

In my opinion, the most important part of writing is what music is playing in the background. Here is some music to get you started.

Soundtracks

I discovered the world of soundtracks at age 16. Needless to say, I have listened to a TON of soundtracks. Some of my favorite albums include:

  • Hunger Games soundtrack (especially the 1st and 4th movies)
  • Rogue One
  • The Dark Knight
  • Ender’s Game
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Note: Just because a movie’s soundtrack is in my playlist does NOT mean I have watched it or endorse it!

Folk

Sometimes you just need some good folk music. Some awesome singers/bands include:

  • The Oh Hellos
  • The Gray Havens
  • Josh Garrels
  • Jon Foreman

My (unofficial) Write Playlist

My go-to playlist when writing. No specific genre.

Tell Me

What resources do you use for writing? Is there any music, blogs, or online tools the rest of us should know about? I would love to hear from you!

Samuel

  • Good job. Personally, I have a few things compilated. Music: Young Oceans and Strahan.
    Books: Every Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine and Pure Christianity by (you know :D)
    Photographs: Unplash website and Lightstock.
    Thanks for sharing your compilations. 🙂

    • samlbyers

      Thanks Jonathan! I know Young Oceans! I have never heard of Strahan but I’ll have to look into it.