Time to Write
Professional writers discuss how they get down to the business of writing
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
Orson Scott Card offers up his insights on the craft
Books aren’t the only place that writers can pick up insights for their work. I highly recommend the writer/director commentary tracks on these movies and TV series.
Pretty much any commentary involving Joss Whedon is worth checking out, but several on here are excellent
As J. Michael Straczynski planned Babylon 5 as a kind of television-novel, this series is a master class in sculpting an epic story
A great movie in its own right and Brad Bird speaks a good deal about crafting each of these memorable characters
The Lord of the Rings [Extended Editions]
Acres and acres of commentary with Peter Jackson and his fellow writers on adapting Tolkein’s beloved books
Just for Fun
Current favourites on my reading/audiobook list.
The Dresden Files
Take a wizard and cross him with a noir private investigator—that’s Harry Dresden. Completely addicted to the audiobooks read by James Marsters
The Curse of Chalion
Loved both this and its sequel, The Paladin of Souls, as audiobooks. I really like the organic way that magic and the divine are handled in this series.
The Way of Kings
The alien nature of this fantasy realm initially made it a bit harder to get into, but it was worth it in the end.
Although this series admittedly leans heavily on Tolkein, even after all these years I’ve still got a soft spot for it. Eddings just makes the journey fun.