Your guide to positioning yourself for a career as a creative writer.
Including author interviews with the following:
Stephan Bugaj (Pixar and beyond)
Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2)
Joshua Rubin (Assassins Creed 2)
Will Wight (the Traveler's Gate trilogy)
And many more!
Everyone wants to be a writer, and they want to know what they can do to make that dream come true. However, most aspiring writers do not understand how to position themselves so they are ready when presented with an opportunity. They identify themselves as writers but have no writing samples, or their websites and social media talk all about their paintings or music but say nothing of who they are as writers.
Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process, and ways to improve one's craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This audiobook presents that wisdom for the listener to do the same.
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Great book for beginning writers!
Creative Writing Career is the second book on writing that I’ve read or listened to since I decided to become a writer myself. After I first listened to it, I thought it was good, but didn’t feel I knew enough about creative writing or had read enough on the topic to give a valid review.
So I waited. I read several other books, and I took an Introduction to Creative Writing course through SNHU. One of the things I found was that, although I enjoy listening to audiobooks, it’s good to own hardcopies of any that you might want to reference later on. So, I ordered the paperback version of Creative Writing Career. I like to reference it sometimes when I’m having a hard time writing, and I’ve probably reread most of the book that way.
Last summer, I listened to the audiobook version of Creative Writing Career by Justin Sloan. I had been listening to the CWC Podcast for a couple months by then and had read Sloan’s first fantasy book Land of Gods, so I already knew a little about his background. I knew that he had worked as a writer for Telltale Games and had done some screenwriting as well, but it was his experience getting started writing fantasy novels that I most interested in.
In Creative Writing Career, Sloan writes about methods that can be used to build a successful writing career. He doesn’t get deep into the mechanics of writing itself. He leaves that to the many other writing books out there, but he offers recommendations on which ones to read, to learn everything from learning prose and structure to writing for television or video games.
In the first part of the book, Sloan writes about positioning yourself to become a full-time writer. He talks about staying focused and finding inspiration as well as getting an education on writing craft. Whether it’s through formal college courses in the classroom setting or online, joining a writing group, or self-study, there are many options available to anyone who wants to improve as a writer.
About half of the book contains interviews with other writers who talk about how they got started and what recommendations they have for anyone seeking a successful writing career. Some of them are authors of novels, but Sloan also interviews screenwriters, video game writers, and non-fiction authors. Most of them have experience in multiple writing fields. While I really just want to write novels, I still found a lot of value from the other interviews.
It was really useful for me when I started developing my own career plan to become an author. I still have a long way to go, but I get inspired from learning about others who have done the same.
- Aloysius Kling
Read the book for the Content
Not much, really. The read was quite the snorefest and made me struggle to finish it.
Definitely would've gotten a new reader for this book.
Not so great here. Maybe he's good on other stuff but for THIS book, he was wrong choice.
PIXAR's 22 Rules of Storytelling.
Yeah. As with most types of these books, there's always some nugget of new information that you can learn and apply to your writing, so there's value here.
Though, I believe you can get more out of this with digital, or physical book.