Five Videos To Transform Your Writing

As writers looking to learn more about craft, most of us tend to do what we find most natural; we grativitate toward books on writing, articles about editing, or perhaps we read books by literary greats to study their style. Most of us likely choose other forms of the written word to help us learn more about how to write better. 

But what you might be missing are all the wonderful videos available at the touch of a button on writing. YouTube and Vimeo are fantastic resources for writers in the area of research (for example, this video on the Roman banquet was interesting for me while I was writing my novel, FEAST OF SORROW, as was this one on how recreate the hairstyle of an ancient Roman bride). You can find videos on just about anything you can imagine whether it is period costume, recreations of famous cities in their most powerful times, lectures from historians and universities, culture, etcetera. Videos can be an incredible treasure trove of information for any writer. 

When it comes to writing, video is also a great tool to learn more about the craft of writing. Today I give you a five videos as food for thought when it comes to your writing, be it fiction or non-fiction. 

Stephen King and George R.R. Martin

They are master storytellers, so why wouldn't you want to know how they do it?

How to use writing tools Scrivener, Dropbox, and Evernote to organize and safeguard your writing

On the more practical side of writing, there are a zillion tutorials on YouTube to help you manage your whole writing process, like this one:

Steven Pinker - On Good Writing, With Ian McEwan

This hour long conversation is worth taking the time to view. Pinker is an expert on language and in this dialogue (and his book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century) he dissects a number of familiar writing rules and styles to bring new perspectives to the world of reading and writing.  

Three anti-social skills to improve your writing - Nadia Kalman

The skills you need to write dialogue are sometimes different than you might think.

Chuck Palahniuk Knows How to Tell a Story

This talk, from GrubStreet's Muse & the Marketplace conference six years ago, is one that I often tell people about. It was one of the most powerful speeches I've ever seen. When I think about it, tears still come to my eyes. Just listen. 


grubstreet Image
About the Author

Crystal King is a 30-year marketing, social media and communications veteran, freelance writer and Pushcart-nominated poet. She is the author of the FEAST OF SORROW, about the ancient Roman gourmand, Apicius, and THE CHEF'S SECRET about the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi. Currently Crystal works as a social media professor for HubSpot, a leading provider of Inbound marketing software. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, UMass Boston and GrubStreet writing center. A former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in media res. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at her website:

See other articles by Crystal King

Rate this!

Current rating: 5