Four Writing YouTubers You Should be Watching

I watch lots of YouTubes. Makeup reviews, productivity…hell, sometimes I end up watching people clean their houses. But one of my favorite categories to watch is writing. For whatever reason, the bulk of writers I’ve come across on YouTube work in the Young Adult Genre, but their advice on story structure, character development, marketing and more is relevant for virtually any fiction writer.

Kristen Martin. I look forward to these blogs every week (normally twice a week!) She’s super productive and organized. Kristen has a Girlboss vibe, which I’m always a big fan of. She talks a lot about the business of writing and how to fit writing into your busy day. She also offers a webinar series, provides critiquing services and hosts a blog.

Rachel Stephen. She’s an endearing Scottish writer/barista. Rachel has lots of good info on story structure, outlining, etc. If you are planning to participate in NaNoWriMo, don’t miss her Preptober series. She would be my number one if she posted more consistently.

Jenna Moreci. Irreverent and knowledgeable, Jenna is loaded with expertise on all aspects of writing and marketing, but she is particularly strong on topics like character development and worldbuilding. Listen with earbuds if there are little ears around because she’s as generous with f-bombs as she is with advice.

Vivian Reis. Vivian is particularly helpful when it comes to goal setting strategies and she provides some really thorough scrivener tutorials. She’s got an engaging, approachable presentation. Vivian is another one I wish would post more frequently.

One feature I’d love to see from these YouTubers and many others is a “Just found me? Here’s where to start” playlist.

Do you watch writers on YouTube? Who are your favorites?

Literary Resume

LITERARY RESUME

Proficient in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres including articles, press releases, play writing, blogs and greeting cards. My work has also appeared in The Buffalo News, Oatmeal Studios, Buffalo Rising, ehow.com, trails.com.

Writing

Employed full time as a copywriter for an marketing firm since 2013.

More than 20 years freelance writing experience. Most current publications include:

Demand Studios – 2009 – 2012

Thrive Magazine – 2010

Buffalo.com – 2008 -2009

Buffalo Rising -2007

 

Produced Plays

One Act Play – Love and Landmines – Performed by Williamsville South High School 2009

One Act Play – Mixed Signals – Performed by Amherst Players 2007.

 

Other Plays

Full Length Play – Unwelcome Guests – currently under development as part of Road Less Traveled Production’s New Play Workshop.

Ten Minute Play – Tastefully Stuffed – appearing January 2016 as part of WNY Playwrights Celebrate the Work of Charles Burchfield at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Education

Graduated Cum Laude University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Bachelor of Arts in Communication with High Distinction

Honors and Awards:

TANYS Awards – Mixed Signals received the 2007 Meritorious Award for Ensemble work and director.