Submitted Date 01/15/2020

When I was growing up, the world of creative writing and publishing seemed a mysterious rabbit hole. You had to be a member of a writing society or a scholar at a university to get directly connected to popular authors and renowned publishing houses. I feel honored to now live in the age of technology, when the back door to many industries is swinging wide open. I suggest we all take advantage of it! Not only can we sign up for online writing classes led by professionals, but while we're saving up our nickles and dimes, we can benefit from incredible free writing advice through social media. The following are five great YouTube videos by writers, for writers.

1. How to Write a Book

"Don't quit during the Marathon in the Middle." Jerry B. Jenkins

2. How to Write Descriptively

"The point of fiction is to cast a spell." Nalo Hopkinson

3. How to Become a Writer

"Gradually you develop a relationship with language." Javed Akhtar

4. Top 10 Writer Hacks

"F.E.S.H.O. is an acronym standing for figure, eyes, skin, hair, and other." Jenna Moreci

5. 25 Mistakes that Peg You as an Amateur Writer

"If Alfred, Ally, Angela, and Amber all walk into the bar at the same time, it's not exactly easy to tell those characters apart." Ellen Brock


ANDREA HOPE is a poet, editor, and world citizen, whose works have won acclaim in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her poetry book, TO MOTHER, is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook formats.


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