5 YouTube Channels Every Writer Should Watch

5 YouTube Channels Every Writer Should Watch

Words on the page, meet words on web page.


A writer's work is never done. There will always be words left to say and words yet to be thought of. Between reading the classics and learning from modern-day writers, finding the right advice can be an overwhelming search. Lucky for the pencil-pushers, the video essay was created. Here are five YouTube channels those aspiring wordsmiths should watch.

1. Just Write.

Contrary to the easier-said-than-done namesake, Just Write offers more sage advice. This channel focuses on movies and television, but their techniques can be used in your own writing. Learning what makes compelling storytelling and characters unique from the storytellers themselves is priceless. Just Write discusses moral argument through character opposition in "Batman Begins," the pros and cons of characters with and without character arcs or dramatic changes, and many other elements that make a story. The Writing Lessons playlist is a good place to start.

2. Nerdwriter1.

Humanities covers, well, humanity. A lot of greater parts make up the whole and to cover most of it takes a labor of love. Introducing, Nerdwriter1. Art, history, culture, pop culture, this channel covers the bases. You can finally convince your stone face friends why cringe humor in "The Office" is hilarious or find out if the universe is a hologram. Write nerdy, y'all.

3. Blank on Blank.

Writers look up to their influences, the movers, shakers and producers that came before them. A project made possible by Quoted Studios, the Blank on Blank channel comprises lost interviews from musicians and actors, like David Bowie and Gene Wilder, to scientists and authors, like Carl Sagan and Ray Bradbury. Each interview has its own animation style and creative flow, which can only turn your next blank page into something just as plentiful.

4. The Closer Look.

Hannibal Lecter giving the perfect look for the perfect name of a YouTube channel. As the cold, diabolical eyes of Anthony Hopkins suggest, The Closer Look also analyzes film and television but the video essays are not just for honing visual skills. These skills can be adapted for your own stories on the page. Creating terror involves a conflict with a power struggle, among other enticing incentives which can lead to suspense, dread, and fear. So don't be afraid to be afraid, and if you're not afraid, just imagine challenging Hannibal to a staring contest, over dinner of course.

5. Lessons from the Screenplay.

You know what they say, reading is like TV in your head. Lessons from the Screenplay is a channel that dissects screenplays for their story-defining moments and storytelling devices. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in "Nightcrawler" makes you sympathize with his character until it makes you question his ulterior motives that win him your empathy for the things he does as an antihero. Knowing what an audience wants or how an audience will react ahead of time as you write is one major goal as a writer. The more picturesque your descriptions, the more story you have.

The great thing about writing is that you can write about anything. Instead of spreading yourself thin with a mountain of ideas, focus on one idea. The more you write about that one idea, the better chance you have discovering new ideas within it. Propel your stories in a way that serves the story, its characters, its dramatic consequences, and changes. Break conventions, experiment, surprise yourself. Now that you know it can be done, do it like only you can.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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I Will Never Start A YouTube Channel With My Significant Other

A relationship should be between the two lovers and nobody else.


From my perspective, 2018 seemed to be the year of relationship breakups, especially on YouTube.

YouTube has become especially popular in the last few years. For many, YouTube is how they generate income, make connections, promote their work and make wonderful memories they'll carry with them forever.

However, there's one trend on YouTube I'm a bit skeptical about: couple's channels.

Don't get me wrong, I love watching people show love, affection, and happiness for each other, especially if they're able to earn a living for doing what they love with the person they love.

However, being together all the time for the sake of a YouTube channel can have negative effects over time.

This type of lifestyle doesn't leave much room for individuality. They're always together from the minute they wake up until they go to bed. Between filming, editing and brainstorming ideas for tomorrow's video, they don't get time to themselves.

What about their own separate hobbies? What about individual identity?

Let's take Shannon and Cammie, a famous YouTube couple that broke up a few years ago, for example.

They were together for about three years, but they posted a video in 2016 about the reasoning behind their breakup.

They had mutually agreed to end the relationship because even though they were happy with each other, they weren't happy with themselves.

When fans found out, they were shocked. How could this beautiful couple break up? They were always together, and they seemed so happy!

Maybe that's where the problem lied.

They were always together, even when they went on vacations, they were filming and editing the whole time so that the fans could get a glimpse into their world. What would be considered a fun time to relax for most of us was work for them.

When your relationship life and relaxation time becomes obligatory, it becomes unhealthy.

This happens way too often.

Furthermore, when these couples break up, not only are they losing their significant other, they're losing a huge part of their image.

They lose a channel. They lose subscribers which means they lose money. They lose a part of themselves.

They have fans begging them to get back together, making edits of the couple from when they were still together, reposting their deleted videos, etc.

In a way, fans believe they're owed something as they've become too emotionally invested in a couple they're not even going to meet, let alone be a part of.

They don't owe anyone anything.

If I ever break free from the "Terminally Single" club, I won't make my world revolve around them.

A significant other should be a part of your life, not all of it.

I won't be "Sarah J, so-and-so's girlfriend." I'll be "Sarah J, stand-up comedian, actress, writer and speaker who happens to be in a relationship with so-and-so."

Let's bring back healthy relationships that focus on growing together as well as individually.

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