Here’s a selection of the many books, television shows, movies, applications, programs, courses, and other products and services I recommend. Check back; new recommendations are added often!
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Writing and Writing Aids
Software, hardware, books, apps… these are the tools and resources that help me be the best writer I can be.
Outliner / Notes / Commonplace Book / Planner
Yes, Workflowy really is all those things in one… and it’s cross-platform and syncs across the web, Android, iOS, and the desktop! Check out my article on using WorkFlowy for writers to learn more about WorkFlowy and to find out how to get your own WorkFlowy fiction template.
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks is an excellent reference for learning the architecture of storytelling, using examples from popular fiction.
Podcast and Music Audio Production
It takes hardware, software, and services to create and maintain a podcast. Here’s what I use to get the job done.
I use the Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone to record my voice, as well as acoustic guitar. It’s an excellent, warm-sounding condenser microphone.
The Zoom R16 Recorder:Interface:Controller is a full-fledged portable multi-track recording device. And because it’s a controller, you can even connect it via USB to act as an external audio input device. Very cool; an indispensable part of my hardware kit.
I’m not a drummer, but the Akai Professional MPD218 lets me play natural-sounding realistic drum parts with my fingers! It connects directly to the digital audio workstation software of your choice on your computer via USB. So much fun, and with the right samples, sounds great!
My Sennheiser HD 202 headphones are closed-ear “cans” and very lightweight. When you’re recording your own music to playback or doing a podcast interview, you want headphones like this that will do a good job of keeping external noise out of your ears.
Music and Loop Creation
Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio is a really nifty program that’s both a full-fledged multitrack digital audio workstation and, thanks to its extensive collection of loops and samples, a music creation factory, too!
Digital Audio Workstation / Audio Editor
Adobe Audition CC is a fantastic audio editor and mixer for single tracks and multi-track audio projects. It’s where most of my podcast production takes place.
Podcast File Hosting
Podcast audio files will eat up the bandwidth and server resources of an ordinary website hosting company, so I depend on a podcast media file hosting service… specifically, Zencast.fm.
Other Books Mentioned In My Articles and Podcasts
The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon.com.