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My goal is to help writers learn to tell their stories better. To learn to craft with purpose. And to focus on the fundamentals of writing. I believe the best way to write better (in addition to studying craft) is to learn to read better and to live intentionally. That way, you can learn new skills and live new experiences that you can bring to your writing to make it more exciting for you and your readers.
Having said that, here are the resources I believe will help you accomplish those tasks from the comfort of your own home.
The books that have helped me learn the craft of writing, fight Resistance, and stop trying to be perfect:
- The Story Grid* by Shawn Coyne
- Story* by Robert McKee
- Anatomy of Story* by John Truby
- Story Engineering* by Larry Brooks
- diyMFA* by Gabriela Pereira
- Steal Like an Artist* by Austin Kleon
- The War of Art* by Steven Pressfield
- Writing Scenes That Work
- What Does it Mean to Write a Scene that Works?
- 6 Tips to Consider Before Writing a Novel
- My Process: put your butt in the chair, schedule time to write, iterate the process (make incremental changes to be more productive), know what you’re going to write ahead of time, hire an editor, study masterworks, and be kind to yourself
Additionally, I wrote a book: The 30-Day Writing Challenge. It will teach you fundamentals and provide you with prompts for each lesson. I’ll also have a course: Write a Scene that Works out shortly. If you’re interested in either, subscribe to my mailing list.
- Pride and Prejudice* The Story Grid Edition
- Check out my post on How Reading Better Can Help You Write Better
- Or my post on Analyzing a Masterwork
- Analyze your favorite book using the Story Grid tools
- Take a story through my 3-step process of looking at it globally, at the micro-level, and taking the best tools from it
- Pick up a classic and try to figure out why it’s still around today
- Read a scene you wrote and look for the 5 Commandments
I’m working on another book: Studying a Masterwork, which will analyze The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The goal is to
I’ve read a lot of self-help in my day (my 20’s have been hard, ok?). But so far, the best program that I’ve found to help you reach your goals and live the life you want is the Proctor Gallagher Institute. You can get all sorts of free resources from YouTube, or you can check out the links below. I highly recommend it.
- Join Bob Proctor’s 6 Minute’s to Success* for daily videos that will help keep you on track to living the life you want;
- Take part in a Paradigm Shift* event to maximize the shifts you can make in your life;
- Get 6 weeks of coaching*;
- Or, join the Streaming Club* for direct access to Bob and Sandy’s wisdom.
- If you want all the advice I’m paying Bob a lot of money for, get yourself a copy of You are a Badass at Making Money*. It will change the way you look at, think about, interact with money. (When you stop stressing about money, you can better focus on your creative endeavors.)
- If you want a gentle introduction into bringing creativity back into your life, get a copy of The Artist’s Way* and follow the exercises. Or, get the Workbook*.
- Meditate daily (especially if you have anxiety as I do) – I liked using Headspace for guided meditations, but anything works
- Get the help you need via therapy or otherwise
- Travel regularly
- Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in your life and put them on the calendar – take definitive action in the direction of your goals
- Do one thing each day that gets you out of your comfort zone (example: drive a different way to work)
- Focus your thoughts on the positive—it’s all about your attitude
*While these are affiliate links, you won’t pay any more than you otherwise would, and my recommendations are not in any way affected by them. I simply get to keep the lights on should you purchase from these links (and you certainly don’t have to). My opinions are my own.