There are a lot of ways to be a writer and a lot of ways to approach the craft of writing. Some people like to pic the process of telling a story apart, examining character arcs and scene beats with a microscope until they give up their secrets. Other people just go about telling a story and never have any interest in peeking behind the curtain.
I’m one of the former. I really like to get under the hood of a story.
Whether you are or not, examining the inner workings of stories can really help you improve your work. To that end, I’ve put together a collection of blogs and vlogs that have helped me understand my writing a little better. Hopefully they’ll be helpful to you as well.
Helping Writers Become Authors
Obviously, these things are a bit subjective. But M.K. Weiland’s blog, Helping Writers Become Authors, is one of my all time favorite writing sites.
Weiland examines story structure, character development and scene structure with methodical grace. And if that doesn’t fill you with giddy excitement, it’s worth noting that she also presents her findings in an easy to follow format, often taking the form of step by step walk-throughs.
Though this YouTube channel focuses heavily on film, he demonstrates an understanding of storytelling in general and takes on a number of topics that could be applied to story in any medium. Plus, he can get a little catty, which is fun.
Better Novel Project
Elkid has pushed this one hard, and for good reason. The blog breaks down best selling fiction to better understand what makes the stories tick, then presents tricks and ideas for how to incorporate their formulas into your own writing. She even presents a master outline, for those times when you’re really just not sure where to start.
PsychWriter is a wonderful resource because it begins with a focus on character. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with improving your writing by studying plot, but it’s also no secret that readers have a soft spot for well developed characters. PsychWriter covers a number of helpful angles on the art of developing a compelling character. Even if you’re writing a non-stop action extravaganza, it’s definitely worth a look.
Alright, you’ve got some reading to do.
Your friendly neighborhood storyteller,
Cover photo via Lukas Blazek