A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... we talked about the first of three tools that I suggest creative writers use to harness creative energy and generate stories. They all had to do with staying narratively driven.
Grab your thinking caps and composition notebooks cuz it's time for the Electric Didact!
Bradbury suggests a steady diet of fiction, scientific articles and poetry--if that's too much to handle, I suggest the resources in the following list. I tune in to these sources regularly and find that ideas for technological or sociological futures tend to just pop in my head as I do.
A good storyteller knows how to learn!
1. Liberal Education
Crash Course World History
The technology section of NPR's news program All Things Considered, in blog format.
NPR's health section in blog format. Good for more off-the-wall ideas.
- 13.7: Cosmos & Culture
This longer blog focuses on recent events through philosophical inquiry.
- Writing Excuses
"Fifteen minutes long because you're in a hurry and we're not that smart!" Don't be fooled--these professional fiction writers know their stuff. Their podcast is great about going into some of the technical aspects of creative writing in a really easy-going way.
- Extra Credits
Though the video series is primarily about game design, there's a lot of good videos about narrative design as well that I personally appreciate.
Part 3 will conclude the series with a discussion of list making and perhaps some other nuggets of writerly inspiration.
Jedd Cole is a professional writer and author of short speculative fiction. He resides in Ohio where he is completing a degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing, crafting short stories in every time-nook he can find, all while frequenting the pages of imaginary worlds with his wonderful wife, Heather, and no pets. None.