I've read a bunch of books on writing over the years and this weekend I've decided to read 2 more that I found recently. Anyone want to share to others the books or videos they found useful? One thing I've found not generally useful is any video or blog that says 'do not', or 'rules'. Here's my 2.5 recommendations btw. Novels - The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller - John Truby One of the best foundation writing books I've read. It covers most basic issues and if you've never taken a course or read a book on writing it is a great starting point. Skip the first chapter though, like most nonfiction books the first chapter hypes the author and the book while trashing others. Short stories - How to Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career - James Scott Bell My .5 recommendation is because after a long time has passed I really only remember one thing that he kind of drives home hard. That makes it feel like an essay on the topic of "a critical event that might have happened before/after/or during the story" and why it is important. That doesn't mean there is nothing else in it, but that most of it didn't stand out enough for me to remember except the above topic. Video lesson - Brandon Sanderson's video lectures at BYU One of the bigger modern fantasy authors has a few of his lectures at Bringham Young University taped on various channels. He teaches a course there every year on writing and covers a bunch of topics. Each year is slightly different but generally you only need to watch one set. - The YouTube channel Camera Panda has his lecture from 3? years ago - His personal channel has 3 of his 2020 lectures up so far, presumeably more soon - The channel Lanodantheon has a set from 2018 I believe Any recommendations appreciated.