Brandon Sanderson, best known for his Mistborn series, teaches a creative writing class at Brigham Young University every year. I stumbled over videos of some of these old lectures, and while the quality of the recordings was hit-and-miss due to having been filmed as a student project, they helped me more than I could probably ever describe. In the course he covers everything about creating fiction, from plot and world building to the business side of publishing.
A couple of weeks ago, Sanderson announced his 2016 lectures on his blog, and this time around they were filmed semi-professionally.
I can’t praise these lectures enough, and would recommend anyone interested in creative writing to go and watch (the guy is a legend for making them available for free). They improved my writing tenfold, to the point where it’s almost embarrassing to imagine how my first novel would have turned out otherwise.
Here’s an embedded video of the first lesson for the perpetually lazy.
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