There is no space for one-on-one feedback, no writing exercises, and no student teacher interaction, but what you will find is well worth the time spent.
Each four- to seven-minute video tackles one topic related to creative writing, with the majority of videos centering on speculative fiction.
Fox describes why viewers love names like Walter White (if you guessed alliteration, you’re correct), as well as why everyone hates to love Ignatius Reilly.
If you’ve ever wondered how writers like Suzanne Collins managed to coin names like Katniss and Peeta, or how J. Rowling landed on names like Draco Malfoy or Severus Snape, Fox has an answer.
Never be afraid to express how you feel or what is rolling around in your head.
Writing a poem or a story can be helpful not just for your writing in general, but help you release whatever you need to through words.Pay close attention to how his best videos use the juxtaposition of visual images and spoken content. John Matthew Fox may never have visited Texas but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t think big.The Triangle Method of Character Creation, Fox’s video creative writing course, covers the core principles of short story and novel writing with a depth and honesty that’s sure to benefit any writer.In addition to the four cornerstones of every writer’s journey several supplemental resources can enhance writers’ enjoyment, deepen their experience and provide valuable bridges of learning to eliminate years of trial-and-error.Classes range from 2-5 hours with lessons 5-25 minutes or more in length.Anyone would do well to learn from the likes of Li, Older and Orlean.I signed up for the one-month trial and especially enjoyed Yiyun Li’s class, which served as a good refresher in crafting short fiction. Her anecdotes about math and science provide an enjoyable context and invite participants of the class to reflect on how their own lives can be source material.Use these tools to your advantage so that in can help you in the near future.This can help inspire you to write for the right reasons.As a writer, I have been inspired by Beaubien’s videos to revise old works and embark on new works with less self-conscious fear.And it doesn’t hurt that Beaubien is heart-on-his-sleeve self-conscious and cuttingly smart.