Faustian Bargain

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I had an interesting encounter on Twitter a few days ago, the implications of which have been stirring in the back of my mind since.

I rejoined the fray about a month ago, with the intention of using Twitter very differently than I had before. For one, I only follow news organizations and people that I know well outside of Twitter. Secondly, I try not to get engaged in hot-button social or political issues, since there’s generally not much benefit that comes out of those conversations.

Mostly though, I had intended to keep more of my posting activity focused on useful things – like the stuff I’m building, or how my journey as a freelancer is progressing. On balance I don’t think I’ve really achieved that so far, and I do honestly lament that fact.

And then something interesting happened. In another thread, I was commenting on Gwen Ngwenya’s resignation as the DA policy head (a big deal in liberal politics), and as usual, I tried to see it from perspectives everybody else was ignoring.

Like how she’s a young, bright, capable black woman who just burned a male-dominated organization for being incapable and disorganized, and what if most of the blowback is just a bunch of insecure men lashing out?

Between that observation and the former tweet, somebody actually took issue with me. Apparently, by both commenting on a political issue in a way they disagreed with, and expressing a desire to talk about things other than politics, I had somehow personally disappointed them.

I didn’t even finish reading the tweet before blocking that person, so I couldn’t tell you what the rest of it said, and my life is not served in any way by knowing it. But it did remind me of Ben Hunt’s mirror engagement theory – an idea that more people should really be familiar with.

I hadn’t realized it up until that point, but apparently I’ve become something of a celebrity to a few people on Twitter. I don’t say that in a self-aggrandizing way – what I mean to say is: I’ve said enough things that enough people want to hear, and by following/liking/retweeting the things I say, some of them feel like they’ve entered into a contract with me.

In that contract (which I’m completely unaware of), I need to provide them with the snippets and hot takes that aligns with their existing beliefs, which they will then boost to their own audiences – in return, I get additional exposure and influence.

For as long as I give them what they want, (they think) they’re giving me what I want – and the moment I break that contract by saying something they disagree with, it becomes my fault.

It’s analogous to sports fans – another concept I don’t really go for. I’ve known fans who get really amped up over their favorite teams and players, then take it deeply personally when these celebrities let them down. Of course, these players have absolutely no idea who their fans are – they’re just playing the game.

Twitter flips that on its head in two ways: It makes it possible for anyone to achieve celebrity status (just tell people what they want to hear), and it makes it possible for anyone to provide realtime feedback when they feel like you’ve violated their implicit contract.

The reason any of this is relevant: I’ve been on Twitter for a long, long time. I joined in 2008, back when there were so few people locally, you could count them by hand.

Twitter back then was an absolute treasure. A network full of early adopters that weathered service outages because it meant connecting with other early adopters. Twitter was the counter-culture, an “underground” network where we could be vulnerable and honest, and find empathy and common ground with people all around the world.

And then it started going mainstream. The Obama campaign used social media to take the White House, setting a precedent in US politics. Over time, here in South Africa, as the uptake grew, so did the potential for political warfare.

It’s a great deal for failing news organizations: Twitter is a constant source of drama, easily repackaged as engaging news segments. With political parties joining the fray, it’s now a battleground of ideas. When Bell Pottinger rolled out their social media offensives as part of the Gupta PR campaign, they were playing from a well-established handbook.

Today, Twitter is basically a toxic hivemind. Give it what it wants, and it rewards you with completely undue social influence – a rapid conduit to getting your message out via established and credible news organizations.

There’s every benefit to being a crowd-pleasing hack. Roll out the hottest takes, never apologize for getting things wrong, never back down, never stop making your fans feel like they made the right choice in defending you to their friends.

Create and maintain a caricature of yourself that appeals to people that would rather not put any thought into their own arguments, and will instead impulsively agree with anything that feels right to them – even if completely illogical. Do this, and you’ll end up famous (and possibly, wealthy).

But it’s a Faustian bargain: You can never be your honest self, and you must always please the crowds that give you power. Displease the hivemind, and it will literally ruin your life.

You’ll get harassed off the platform, then your personal information will be dug up and routed to people that take absolute pleasure in making your life miserable. It’ll kill your brand, your business, and in some cases, may even drive you to kill yourself.

Given the way those incentives are set up, it’s no surprise that South African Twitter is slowly becoming more toxic as it enters into the mainstream. It’s old-school pedagogy reinvented for modern technology. A true flattening of the hierarchy that never stopped to question if the hierarchy had any merit – if there was a reason we only let certain people have major platforms and massive social influence.

In any case, this is what we have to deal with. For my part, while I will occasionally apologize for not meeting my own goals, I’ll never apologize for having complex opinions, or being honest in their expression.

This means I’ll never be popular, but I’m 100% okay with being myself. At the end of the day, that’s far more important to me.

Saturday #3 of 52

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2019 is officially back in full swing – it’s been a rollercoaster of a week, and looking at the work that lies ahead of me I’m legitimately worried I might be working too much again. As it stands, I need to put at least a half-day of effort in tomorrow (breaking my own no-work-on-weekends rule) if I want to stay ahead of my current workload.

This is reflected in my habit tracker for the last week, where I was only able to stick to one of them reliably!

Captured from everyday.app – highly recommended!

The worst part: I wasn’t nearly as productive as I’d have liked. I lost a lot of time with constant context-switching, being knocked off-course by incoming requests, and proper analysis paralysis. In other words, the back-to-work blues.

As my work’s gotten back to full swing, I’m having to re-engage my planning brain (to make sure I don’t go crazy), and I’ve had to adopt two strategies to stay on top of things.

A daily Inbox Zero habit

An inbox is basically a task list of indeterminate length. Until you actually go through the emails in there and map out the time it takes you to do things, there’s no way you know how much work you’ve really got on your plate.

So for that reason, I’ve focused on reducing both of my inboxes (work and personal) to zero every night. It’s become my new ritual for closing out a day, since it usually results in a list of to-do’s for the next morning – meaning I don’t have to think about how to start my day.

Even without Inbox Zero, it’s usually a good idea to end your day with a brain dump of everything you know you need to do the next day. It saves time and maintains momentum between “breaks” (ie eating and sleeping for the night).

I’ve found that most useful when paired with the second strategy:

Task Time Planning

Task lists are sweet little lies we tell ourselves – potentially days worth of work hidden behind one-line items. They get much more concrete when you do two things:

  1. Estimate how many hours a task will take you
  2. Add all of them up and try to fit them into your workday

So that’s what I did on Wednesday evening. I took a few hours to go through my inboxes, and eliminated everything in there:

  • Archived any emails that I didn’t need to respond to
  • For tasks, I noted down the task outside the email, then archived the email
  • For meeting invites, I made sure they were either on my calendar or rejected with an explanation

And then for each task that came in, I gave some thought to the hours it would take. I ended up with around 60 hours worth of work planned out (a solid week of effort plus overtime), and that was before I factored in all the other work I had planned elsewhere!

Most of my work runs in cleanly-defined contracts (I call them “obligations”), which mean I get to put together a table like this – charting hours per project per workday, with weekends hidden:

Freelancers can be really busy people!

And now it becomes really clear how busy I am! After I sat and charted out all my obligations (retainers, contracts, ad-hoc work, internal allocations for product development, marketing and admin) I found that I’ll only be back to “normal” at the end of February!

But I also felt relieved that the situation had been managed. Just having a plan – and some visibility into your immediate future – makes things a lot more manageable.

And then, finally, there’s the Eisenhower Matrix, an idea which has genuinely helped make the world a better place:

Borrowed from Develop Good Habits.

Urgent is usually pretty easy to discern: Things that have to be done right away, or a bad thing might happen.

Important is a little bit harder – it implies that there’s a reason beyond the completion of the task itself, which is undertaken as part of a larger plan. Developing a good sense of what’s important is, itself, quite important 🙂

In my case, I have a relatively clear idea of where I want my working life to go. I know that long-term, the sustainable path is to develop and market products (not services), so that I can generate value without constantly investing effort. I’ll likely always be doing some sort of consulting work, but it would be nice if I didn’t have to do it – that would let me pick the best projects and truly do my best work within them.

So even though they don’t address any burning needs at the moment, spending time working on “unprofitable” product development is really the smarter move over the long term. The work won’t be urgent for a while, but it’s important to do it every day.

Between those strategies, I finally felt like I had regained control over my workload by Thursday morning. Consequently, those were the two most productive days of my week.

Then there were another few wins, thankfully unrelated to work:

The Noscript Show is now syndicated everywhere
We’re finally on iTunes, which also means we’re on Pocket Casts – apparently making the show even more accessible. I also managed to put up a basic website with all the pertinent info in one place: noscriptshow.com

Laravel Quickstart has backup!
I think there’s been enough idea validation here to move on to the next phase – designing the prototype and outlining the functionality for the first Quickstart. That’s begun with the help of a frontend developer, who I won’t name in public without approval 🙂 Between us, we’re hoping to get the first version of this out a lot quicker!

Planning a podcasting info resource
Moving even further away from software, I’ve been looking at putting together a podcast learning center of sorts. The idea would be to offer once-off flat-rate access to all the information (with the price increasing over time as more info is added), and the focus would be on getting first-timers to the point where they’re producing their first podcast successfully.

It turns out there’s a lot to know – and even more questions you don’t think to ask until after you’re in the thick of it, so I’m hoping I can put something valuable together that will save everyone some time!

Finished Ghost in the Shell season 1 again
I rarely count shows as a win, but there won’t ever be a day where I don’t recommend Ghost in the Shell to people. Just skip over ARISE, that was an unintentional mistake.

Next week will be a proper grinder of a week, so I’ll probably get a head start on it by clearing up some of the smaller work items during the day on Sunday. All things considered, it feels good to be back in the driver’s seat again.

How to Podcast, 2019 edition

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It’s actually easier than you’d think!

The Noscript Show, on Spotify

I won’t really get into the “why’s” of podcasting here – there’s a bunch of good reasons to do it (people like listening more than reading, easy way to build a brand, easier to syndicate, works great on mobile devices, fairly low production costs, and so on), but I want to focus on the how.

There’s three areas to cover: Production, Syndication and Promotion. Unfortunately none of these will tell you how to make a good podcast – that’s left as an exercise to the reader 🙂

Production

First, you need a decent setup with which to record audio. The entire production is audio, so going for higher quality and less distortions/background noise are key.

Having a good microphone is essential. Doesn’t need to be the best, but it does need to deal with ambient noise in your recording environment, while clearly picking up the full range of your voice.

A typical USB headset designed for calls would work well for this. Depending on your budget, you could get standalone microphones for anything from R399 to R1895. While you can get USB microphones with on-board soundcards, you might also consider getting a standalone XLR microphone with a dedicated external sound card – this will give you studio-quality audio (and your environment becomes even more important!).

Then you’ll need software to do your actual recording with. I recommend Audacity unreservedly – it’s great software, completely free of charge, which works on both Mac and Windows. Using Audacity, you’ll be able to record your own microphone, as well as compose in any other audio streams.

Another really useful feature – if you have an MP4 video file, you can extract the audio from it in one go. That’s actually what we’re using to produce the podcast audio files for The Noscript Show.

If you plan on doing more conversational-style podcasts, and routinely use something like Discord or Skype for calls, the next best option is OBS Studio. While it was originally designed for video streaming, the composer is really easy to use, and you can mix in audio from other calls + your own microphone into one file.

To add a little extra personality to your podcast, you might consider editing in an intro and exit sound. Just a few seconds of music on either end will make for a more polished production. AudioJungle is a great place to buy short clips like that, and they’re usually licensed for exactly this sort of use.

Finally, the artwork. You’ll want to design something that represents your podcast (much like an album cover), but this doesn’t need to be professionally done. Between the free Photopea for editing and Unsplash for free images, you can whip up a good selection of options really quickly!

Syndication

So now that you’re set up to record your podcast, the next step is syndication. Basically you need to put your podcast online, and make sure that your listeners can get ahold of it.

There’s a huge amount of options to go for here. If you’re the developer type, you can really just do this all on your own server: Make the files publicly accessible and assemble an RSS feed.

In my case, I ended up going with a paid Libsyn account. They’re the oldest and most reliable game in town, and have worked out the difficult stuff involved in getting your podcast out there. Specifically, they understand what each provider (Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, etc) requires, and makes it really simple to provide the correct information.

There’s a huge amount of podcasting services out there. If you don’t like Libsyn, you can try PodBean, BuzzSprout, Blubrry, SoundCloud, Podomatic, Spreaker, BlogTalkRadio, Castos, Firesize, ZenCast, Simplecast, Audioboom, Whooshkaa, Podigee, Pinecast, Pippa, OmnyStudio, Podiant, and more.

So out of the box, Libsyn provides a hosted webpage where all the episodes are listed, and you can subscribe here with an RSS reader to be notified of new releases. But we can do better.

Once you have a working RSS feed, you can submit it to:

Each provider has their own requirements and rules, but the same deal generally applies: You provide the RSS feed, they read it, ensure it has all the information they need, and will then pull new episodes into their platforms as they arrive.

This is way better for your users. You can tell them to use their existing music app of choice, simply searching for you there. In South Africa that means iTunes and Spotify, with Google Play yet to make podcasts available here.

Promotion

And finally: Getting word of your podcast out there!

Honestly, my favorite thing about podcasting is the potential for creating a community. We’re already seeing it with Noscript Show – the people that enjoy our content end up subscribing for more of it, sharing it with their friends, and join us in our community Discord.

So all the usual tactics apply here. Produce good work on a regular schedule, share it out on social media, set up a memorable brand, make your stuff easy to find, and most importantly: Interact with your listeners.

That’s what ends up building the initial community, and it gives you a better idea of what your listeners want from you – especially important if your podcast focuses on a particular industry, skill, or insight.

Bonus: Monetization

This question inevitably comes up once you start researching podcasts – mostly because you’ll find stories about how people are making millions of dollars off theirs.

Podcast monetization is pretty much identical to radio monetization. If you’ve listened to any public radio station, you’ll have noticed two variants:

  • Ad segments
  • Endorsements read out by the producers

In those respects, podcasts are the same. There are platforms that will let you insert ad slots into your podcast, then sell that inventory on your behalf (like a website). Or you could do direct deals with sponsors, and agree to read out a sponsored message (or play a clip) directly in your content itself.

But there’s a third option, which is where podcasts have radio beat: You can paywall your podcast, and charge people to listen.

The options available on Libsyn

Right now I have no interest in monetizing the one podcast I am doing, so I can’t offer much more advice than that. What I can say is that paywalled podcasting will require specialized hosting – there’s no point in paywalling it if anyone can just look it up on Spotify.

So there, it’s more likely that you’ll ship out your podcast as a custom mobile app, or via a mailing list with listen links that are connected to individual subscribers.

Lastly, there’s always the donation route. If you produce a good, free public podcast and you get lots of listeners – but aren’t concerned about generating an income – opening up a channel for donations can be mutually beneficial: You get some money, and your fans will feel good about helping to keep you on the air.

A great option for that is Patreon (especially since you can set up a reward structure), or you can just take donations locally with something like PayFast.

Are you going to podcast in 2019? Let me know – I’ll be your first subscriber 🙂

51 to go! (#1 of 52)

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I blinked and missed the first week of 2019 – it’s going to be a pretty short year, at this rate!

At the start of this year’s blogging adventure I figured I’d borrow a strategy from Charl’s personal blog, in which he (generally) does a weekly post to recap what happened during that week.

That’s usually the reason I wrote so little last year: I keep busy with a lot of stuff, so much so that picking one topic to write about causes analysis paralysis. So I end up writing nothing instead, a sub-optimal outcome.

The first week of 2019, for me:

Most of my customers came back online by yesterday, and I’m already planning out my workload for the year. Last year, my strategy was to just take on every piece of work I conceivably could – this year, I’m limiting my billable work and planning to take time off instead.

To that end, I mapped out the 2019 year in several different configurations, until I landed on the one that was optimal for my planning. And actually relatively sad:

The entire 2019 calendar year

That’s my 2019 tracker. It includes all 365 days of the year, marks out weekends (gray), public holidays that result in time off on weekdays (P) and my minimum-acceptable-leave dates (L) – calculated and distributed in such a way that I have sufficient capacity every month to hit my financial targets through billable work.

The sad part is seeing the year laid out like that. 250 weekdays, 104 weekends, 11 public holidays, and that’s 2019 all done!

Where the planning part comes in: If I have a really good quarter, and bring in amounts above target, that means I can “afford” to slow down later in the year and focus that time towards building my own products. It’s a mindset made possible by the insane amount of hours I worked last year, and the resulting cash buffer I built.

I’ll only feel confident once I go through February though. Bare minimum, SARS is going to take a full month’s pay away from me in one shot. Once I sort out my tax predictions for the next fiscal year I’ll actually be in a position to predict things.

Then there’s the minimum-acceptable-leave idea: I have to take time off. It’s an ongoing problem with me, so much so that I’ve sought therapy to help me manage the anxiety involved. I tend to overthink negative outcomes, and then to mitigate those I’ll work myself to death (literally) to compensate.

On top of those handful of [L] days, there’s the weekends (during which I absolutely should not do billable work), and public holidays (the same), meaning that of the 365 days in the year, only 250 (68.5%) should be productive.

It’s a nice plan on paper, for sure. Whether or not I stick to it will be a different story. One of the downsides of being a freelancer is that you’re 100% responsible for the opportunities you create, and sometimes that requires you to put in effort above and beyond what a regular 9-5 will require of you. So we’ll see what happens!

Other stuff of note:

Helderberg Dev Meetup: I’m giving the first talk of the year today (Progressive site enhancement using VueJS), which as of this post I still technically need to prepare for!

Laravel Quickstart: I’ve seen some early interest in the idea, even though I haven’t done much to market out the page yet. I’ll be doing that by outlining my first product, and publishing those details to a good-looking storefront – then there’s something more tangible to talk about in public.

everyday.app: This indie-built daily habit tracker (hi Joan!) has already been very useful. Simply by replacing the home tab on my browser, it encourages me to review my habit completion status often!

Makerlog: I’ve signed up (@wogan) for one of these public to-do trackers, and I’ll be using it for Laravel Quickstart work (when I work on it). With any luck, the daily reminders from everyday will nudge me into making at least one update per day here, and progress will be made overall.

On to the next week of 2019!

The first product of the new year!

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It’s officially game time.

After quitting my job last year (and going through an abyss of existential panic), I landed on something resembling a master plan: For the remainder of 2018 I took on every freelancing opportunity I could manage in order to build up an income buffer. Once that was achieved, the next step would be to reduce the time I allocate to freelancing, and dive into the world of product development.

Phase three, as such, will be to derive 100% of my income from products and SaaS services. It will probably take longer than I think it will, and I already think it’s going to take at least 2 years.

I didn’t have any timeframes in mind, but after the last quarter of 2018 I’m feeling comfortable enough to attempt my first build. I’ve been soaking up knowledge and insight over the last few months – time to start putting it into practice!

I initially decided to go straight for building a SaaS application (and drafted a convincing business case for it), but my thinking was shifted somewhat by an interesting Indie Hackers article.

At first, I’d discarded the notion of selling one-off products: That’s not a path to recurring revenue, which is what I ultimately need. However, there’s a bunch of upsides to going for one-off products.

For one, they’d be easier to build. I can draw up a spec, build, refine, document and release something without the pivoting and scope-creep that’s inevitable in a B2B SaaS application. And they could be a lot smaller and narrower in scope than a typical SaaS.

I don’t have to worry about hosting customer-facing services. While I’ve got no problem doing this (and am busy doing it right now), I definitely want to up my game on cloud providers before going public with a SaaS of any sort.

Once-off purchases of tools that save time are pretty easy to justify. I buy Themeforest themes all the time (I’ve spent thousands by now, I’m sure), simply because the dollar cost of the theme is a lot less than it would cost me, time-wise, to put together something similar.

They can be a foot in the door at other businesses. I’ve seen this (from a distance) several times – a company buys a product, is able to do 90% of what they need, and need help for the remaining 10%, which becomes a consulting opportunity.

They (typically) don’t expire. Stuff like PDFs, email courses, videos and so on technically don’t expire, and they can be sold for as long as they remain relevant. In my case that’s mostly true, though I will need to update the products at least every 3 months to stay current with framework and dependency changes.

With all of that in mind, I’m diving straight into building the first no, I’m kidding. Step one is idea and market validation, for which I’ve used the absolutely god-like landen.co to put together a landing page: laravel-quickstart.com

The product itself is pretty straightforward: A well-documented starter pack, using framework defaults and idiomatic patterns for common web applications.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to find ways to send traffic to that page – organic, paid, referral, whatever. If I feel comfortable that I’m going to do at least $500 in sales, that makes it worth my time to take on one of the smaller packages.

I’m intending on delivering high-quality quickstart packages though, so the first one will be an exercise in breaking new ground. The next few will hopefully be easier.

Or, it might turn out that there’s no demand for something like this, in which case I simply park the domain and move on to the next thing. This is idea #1 in a list of around 20, which keeps growing every week.

And of course, I’m going to be as transparent about this process as I dare. For one, it makes this blog a lot easier to maintain (the posts basically write themselves). Mostly though, it’s important to me that other people can learn from my experiences.

That’s one of the motivating factors behind this product: Among other things, I want the documentation to be good enough that it basically teaches people how to build good web apps, on top of giving them a solid foundation to start.

If you’re interested in following along, best thing I can suggest is to either subscribe directly to the blog (sidebar widget, top right) or follow me on Twitter, where these posts are automatically broadcast. And if you’ve got questions, I’d love to hear from you!

My 2019 reading list

One of my 2019 goals is to read more. The intent is to spend at least 30 minutes/day reading, and I’ve set up a target on my Goodreads profile to hit at least 25 books in 2019 – that’s one book every two weeks, which is totally doable.

I got my old Kindle all charged up, and the first thing I did (after linking my Goodreads account) was to integrate all my Amazon Kindle purchases. It turns out I’ve bought quite a few books over the years that I haven’t yet read. All told, there’s 48 books on my to-read list at the moment (of the 130-odd in my Kindle library). A bit more than 25, but then I do love a challenge 🙂

These are all the books I plan to have read before the year is out. And if I can get through one book per week (should be completely doable on weekends) I may even add a few more.

History and Politics (9)

  • The Dictator’s Handbook – Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
  • People’s War – Anthea Jeffery
  • On Tyranny – Timothy Snyder
  • Algorithms of Oppression – Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Countdown – Alan Weisman
  • Democracy for Realists – Christopher H. Achen
  • The Coddling of the American Mind – Jonathan Haidt
  • Who owns the future? – Jaron Lanier
  • The Death of Expertise – Tom Nichols

Psychology, Philosophy and Self Improvement (7)

  • Games People Play – Eric Berne
  • Atomic Habits – James Clear
  • Wisdom of Insecurity – Alan W. Watts
  • Zero Excuses – Gabriel Machuret
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams
  • Solving the Procrastination Puzzle – Timothy A. Pychyl
  • Bowling Alone – Robert Putnam

Business and Startups (6)

  • How to Measure Anything – Douglas W. Hubbard
  • The Best Dick – Mike Sharman
  • Traction – Gabriel Weinberg
  • Drive – Daniel H. Pink
  • The 7 Day Startup – Dan Norris
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton M. Christensen

Science Fiction / Fantasy (12)

  • Split Second – Douglas E. Richards
  • Why You Were Taken – JT Lawrence
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  • Darknet – Matthew Mather
  • Project Northwoods – Charles J. Bruce
  • Arrival – Ryk Brown
  • BrainWeb – Douglas E. Richards
  • Failsafe – Daniel Gage
  • Silo 7 – Daniel Gage
  • AfroSF – Ivor W. Hartmann
  • Departure – A. G. Riddle
  • A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick

Writing Craft (14)

  • How to Write Short Stories – James Scott Bell
  • How to be an Author – Ashton Cartwright
  • Write to Market – Chris Fox
  • How to Write Faster – Marcy Kennedy
  • Writing Deep Point of View – Rayne Hall
  • The 7 Secrets of the Prolific – Hillary Rettig
  • She Sat He Stood – Ginger Hanson
  • The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction – C.S. Lakin
  • How to Write Dazzling Dialogue – James Scott Bell
  • Super Structure – James Scott Bell
  • Story Climax – H.R. D’Costa
  • Techniques of the Selling Writer – Dwight V. Swain
  • Rock Your Plot – Cathy Yardley
  • Write. Publish. Repeat. – Sean Platt

I think you can tell by that last, largest category that I’m really interested in being a writer 😉

My progress will be tracked on my Goodreads profile – Kindle makes it really easy to flag which book you’re reading. Now it’s just about finding the time to sit down and do the reading.

If you’re doing a reading challenge this year, let me know!