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  • Joel Funderburg

Offline Learning

I've been doing a lot of self-learning when it comes to writing and wanted to share the resources I've been using, since I refer to them again and again (you'll notice I'm a big fan of audiobooks):

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques: Professor James Hynes does a deep dive into the structure and techniques that go into writing fiction. Great introductory course.

  • How to Write Best-Selling Fiction: James Scott Bell's course gives some practical tips on writing creative fiction with a focus on commercial fiction (thrillers are his specialty).

  • How to Publish Your Book: Jane Friedman talks practical advice and sets expectations on the world of modern-day publishing. She gives a brief history on publishing, goes into best practices for querying an agent, and even how to deal with rejection.

  • On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft: The classic writing memoir. Definitely worth a read, though some of this advice seems dated in the modern era of publishing. Note, according to King's site, the exercise is no longer being grader.

  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print: Practical advise (and even checklists!) for editing your work. It has certainly helped me to catch some common pitfalls.

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