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Writing Great Fiction: The Great Courses.


One of the best learning sites on the internet is thegreatcourses.com. It is a repertoire of over 800 courses on diverse subjects from award-winning experts and professors from the most respected institutions in the world. The entertaining lectures are abridged 30-minute clips making them easily comprehensible and less time-consuming. You can schedule a lecture per day and finish the course in a couple of weeks. You can now imagine how much you can learn in a year from some of the greatest academics of our time. And the best part is that you can read, listen to or watch any course any time and at any place.

I can tell you that one of the best resources you can read as an aspiring fiction writer is  Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques, a 24 part lecture series narrated by Prof James Hynes. You will learn all the basics like how to start, creating a character, plotting, and dialogue. The lectures draw from notable bestsellers across the world and at different times. From Stephen King to Tolstoy, Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Jane Austen to mention just a few. I found the consummate examples incisive and captivating. I was particularly enchanted by the exploration of Woolf’s stream of consciousness as a groundbreaking narrative approach that continues to influence millions of writers to date.

I advise you to read this book. You will thank me later, I can promise you that. Now don’t be scared by the price tag even though it is very much worth it. What you can do is to download amazon audible and get it a lot cheaper or better still utilize the 30-day free trial.

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