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.
First off, the obligatory tweet.
I know a lot of you are panicking right now, but in a few days the Narnia portal will open and we’ll GO HAVE TEA WITH THE BEAVERS
— the library haunter 🦉 (@SketchesbyBoze) January 22, 2017
- 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.
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
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:
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
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!