Have you come face to face with the blinking cursor of death on a blank document page? Or swear you heard your keyboard laugh at your word count in the middle of the night? We have been there. But you, novel writers, are braver and bolder than any laptop.
We’re a week into National Novel Writing Month, and we figured it’s time to share some audio-spiration. Like any long haul project, writing a novel in a month requires practice, sufficient caffeine, and words of wisdom from those who have done it before you. Hear from some of the greatest wordsmiths around about the dastardly, beautiful craft of writing, then watch your own story soar. You’ve got this.
As hard as the craft of writing is, the greatest challenges writers face are often within ourselves. Comparison, self-doubt, isolation, and other internal struggles can derail a writer’s progress, at any stage in the writing life. Everyone Has What It Takes is an insightful guide for any writer who’s ever wondered if they’re talented, creative, lovable, or worthy enough. Spoiler alert: You are.
The traditional writing workshop was established with white male writers in mind; what we call craft is informed by their cultural values. Craft in the Real World shows that we need to interrogate the lack of diversity at the core of published fiction: how we teach and write it. After all, as he reminds us, “When we write fiction, we write the world.”
Whether it’s correctly naming the parts of a horse, knowing how lords and ladies address one another, or building a realistic fantasy army, getting the details right takes fantasy writing to the next level. Putting the Fact in Fantasy is a collection of essays from historians, linguists, martial artists, and other experts to help you write more compelling fantasy by getting the facts right.
The hardest yet most essential element of writing great fiction is character â€“ specifically, creating a central hero who is relatable, compelling, and worth the readerâ€™s precious time. The Secrets of Character is an insightful and actionable guide to creating a hero that readers will fall in love with.
One of the most valuable spaces for an artist is the inner lifeâ€”the sacred place where, outside of the constraints of time and space, meaning is extracted from raw experience and fashioned into art. Triage, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo, discusses the constant assessment of events that helps a writer determine whatâ€™s useful for a story and potentially enduring.
What truly lasts in our hearts and minds? Where can we find community, history, humanity? In this lyrical new audiobook, the answer is clear: through writing. Using examples from Anne Frank to Toni Morrison, from love letters written after World War II to journal reflections from nurses and doctors todayâ€”Write for Your Life illuminates the ways writing connects us.