On Writing

My OCD kicked in the moment when, in an effort to awaken my muse, I searched Google for Webpages “on writing.”  Google offered more than 60 million pages matching my broad search. It was both daunting and encouraging.

I careened through them like a foraging squirrel scampering madly over a spilled truckload of just-right nuts.

It was too much of a good thing.

So I decided to search primarily for videos by authors I admire (or who many admire and I had not yet read).  The number of results for each author I searched was more manageable than my initial wide-open search, but it was still a nut-mine.

I have since found many other new favorite authors, most of them from YouTube.  And many of the YouTube video links led to free snippets of the acclaimed authors who teach online via MasterClass.

MasterClass is my primary “on writing” obsession. I found the first 20-lesson lecture series so well put together that I sprung the $180 it takes to get a year of full access to all MasterClass classes.

While I found the cornucopia of MasterClass offerings on topics like art, acting, comedy, cooking and more to be interesting, I leaped into the catalog of writing classes.  For the last several months, I’ve had mentoring from:

  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Dan Brown
  • David Mamet
  • James Patterson
  • Judy Blume
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Neil Gaiman
  • R.L. Stine

Until you are ready to enroll in the aptly-named MasterClass, there are many  free and free-wheeling interview videos available through YouTube.  Here’s a few of the first that helped revive my muse.

Steven King and George R.R. Martin

SKing & GRRMartin

Kurt Vonnegut

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