Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Get Writing. No, it's not an instruction, it's the BBC website for writers; which is actually a very fine instruction! Confused? You should be.
Like many things on the Internet, it's not always easy to remember how you ended up on a particular site. I can't remember how I ended up on the "Get Writing" site, but I am so glad I did and I think that every serious writer should end up there at some point or another.
I am completely overwhelmed at the richness of the material on this site. There is a whole section on "The Craft" of writing with substantial articles by professional writers. Not the teensy-weensy little articles you get on many sites, but substantial articles of around 3,000 words on topics such as:
"Anatomy of a Story" by Charles Palliser (The Quincunx) advises on what makes story work from beginning to end, and "Losing the Plot?" by Mike Phillips (Blood Rights, A Shadow of Myself) unpicks a number of plots and explains how to make your plot work.
If that wasn't enough, there is the "Mini-Courses" section with tutorials and advice split up into categories for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. These tutorials are amazing and the title "Mini-Course" is really a misrepresentation: each course is far from "Mini" and it would take most of us a year or more to work through all the material.
So, there's "The Craft" and there's "Mini-Courses" but there are four other sections to this site as well; "Reading", Tools & Quizzes", "Useful Links" and the very interesting "Watch and Listen" section with audio and video interviews on a range of topics.
I really can't recommend this resource highly enough. Pop on over to http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/getwriting and get browsing.