Ok, I’ve not posted in a while.
I’ve been busy doing the Writer’s of the Future online workshop. I was, I admit, a tad sceptical at first, but I’ve taken quite a bit away from it.
There are 43 parts to the course. Mostly video talks by Tim Powers, David Farland and Orson Scott Card, with several essays by L. Ron Hubbard and others. You can watch and read these at your own pace and then do the associated practicals, marking each as complete as you go.
I found all of them useful, some extremely so. So much so that I’ve saved the transcripts for future use. I was especially taken with Orson Scott card, he has a way of speaking that makes things go ping in your head.
The course covers story ideas, which was very helpful, research, outlining and plotting, writing description, dialogue and narration, the basics of beginnings, middles and end, creating suspense, productivity and selling your work and a piece on art which I will admit I didn’t quite get the purpose of.
By the time I’d gone through the course (I haven’t completed it yet as the last couple of practicals involve finishing your story off completely and mine is waiting for me to give it last go over), I had a story idea in my head, fleshed it out, did some research and wrote the first draft. I then used the same process to come up with another story idea, which I will start writing very soon.
I was so impressed with Orson Scott Card that I dug around for a book of his I was sure I had but had never read, How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. I couldn’t find it anywhere so ordered a copy from Amazon.
Typically, before it arrived I found my own copy mixed up with my gardening books. Anyway, now I have a spare and at least I can say that mine was bigger.
The book itself is very SciFi oriented, but there is a good deal on fantasy too, particularly world building. I’ve not finished reading it yet, but my creative juices are flowing already. I’ve not written so much in years. I really want to get submitting stuff now.
Anyway, the WotF course is free and available at the following address and I highly recommend it https://www.writersofthefuture.com/courses/writers-of-the-future-online-workshop/
The book is not free, but is pretty cheap second hand and also highly recommended.