Thursday, March 19, 2020

Best Writing Hacks

It has never been easier to learn about writing from home in your spare time while wearing your pajamas.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are college courses, Master Classes, and Great Courses. Some are free, others are low cost (extremely low compared to a college course) or free.

You can learn from well-versed instructors and famous professional writers.

Online Writing Courses are provided by many universities from beginning to advanced classes.

Great Courses has excellent writing classes you can order on DVD (with print books) and/or access them online. They add classes frequently from Building Great Sentences to How to Publish Your Book from Jane Friedman.

Writing Master Classes are taught by famous writers such as: Neil Gaiman, R L Stine, Judy Blume, James Patterson, and Margaret Atwood to name a few. They add classes frequently. You can purchase the classes individually or subscribe for a year ($180 as of 03/20202) and watch as many as you like.

You can also visit You-Tube, enter a search topic, and find free instructional videos on on all aspects of writing, publishing, formatting, cover design, and marketing. One video leads to another and another.

I offer free tips and forms on my website and weekly articles on my companion blog Game On.

There are many writing groups and forums on social media. It has never been easier to find a tribe.

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The more you learn, the better you become. There really are no excuses for not getting started.

Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Terrific post, Diana. I've taken a few online courses but not for a while. I've always wanted to take Aaron Sorkin's master class on writing a screenplay. Maybe when I catch up with all my unfinished novels, I will. There's always more to learn.

  2. So many opportunities and so little time, although I have to say I'm finding a few extra hours a day now to focus on self-improvement. From writing courses to music lessons, we can keep our ourselves busy learning. Excellent post, Diana.

  3. Terrific post, indeed! One of these days, I hope to be able to take at least one or two.


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