I’m a massive advocate for reading as much as possible in as many genres as possible. I think one of the biggest reasons why we’re so stuck in cliches is because we’re so one-track minded and tunnel-visioned when it comes to the stuff we read and watch. It’s super difficult to think outside the box and make original content if you’re just reading the same old stuff.
So, I thought I’d start up a thread in which we can all recommend writing to one another - either on the Episode platform or elsewhere, that we think will help us broaden our horizons and become better writers!
This can be non-fiction or fiction; poetry or prose; fantasy or romance… anything you want!
I thought I’d start things off by saying The Uncanny by Sigmund Freud. It’s great for all the horror writers out there! Or just people who need to create a creepy atmosphere. It’s non-fiction, but it will help you understand what’s really scary about horror, as opposed to just copying the things that work in other stories… which is an easy trap to fall into!
Feel free to share your recommendations of things you read or watched that made you think differently or changed your perspective on something!