Technically, since this is a YouTube video, I guess I should say "Watch this." But you get the idea.
This is Eric Witchey doing a short video on writing practice: Eric Witchey, Five Minutes on Writing. It's genius. If you follow this advice and no other you will improve your writing. You'll be a better writer, a more regular writer. This is great stuff.
And if you ever get a chance to go to one of his conference presentations/classes or take a workshop with him, do yourself a favor and do it. He's not just a prolific writer, he spends time analyzing why things work in writing, and he's very good at explaining it to others.
Go watch the video. Then go write!
Listen Up is a new addition to the blog. I listen to a lot of podcasts as well as recordings of interviews and other tasty tidbits people share around the internet, and I want to share the good stuff I find. The Listen Up posts are going to be short posts with a link recommending something I think is really good, helpful, or simply fascinating. Enjoy!
Odyssey Podcasts are short excerpts from various guest lecturers at the prestigious Odyssey Workshop held every year in New Hampshire. While the workshop is for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, the information shared in these podcasts will benefit any writer.
You get Nancy Kress talking about writing in scenes, Jack Ketchum talking about powerful openings, Patricia McKillip on turning real landscapes into fantasy worlds. And there's so much more! Too much for me to try to pick out a smattering of standouts. Go have a look for yourself instead.
Each episode is nice and short, too, so they're easy to fit in on your commute or while you're doing dishes, etc. Click below to check out the episodes.
Odyssey Podcasts main page