Writing fiction is such a strange animal. On one hand, we expect writers to write what we know (a bit of bad writing advice that I have a love-hate relationship with).
On the other hand, we expect writers to challenge their art of storytelling and tell tales from perspectives and scenarios far different from their own.
One of the solutions, of course, is to read. Read and research voraciously. Writing research allows us to be more accurate about the important elements of our stories. The best writers are avid readers, after all. Right?
Since I enjoy writing space fiction and want to write speculative pieces based on our actual technological trajectory, I have started reading the likes of Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
But boy, did I need help. I’m a strong reader, but rocket science is a touch more complicated than that. I needed to amp up my research plan.
My latest research obsession is Open Yale Courses.
Yale, thanks to funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, recorded several of their courses in full. They provide access to those videos–and the notes, tests, and keys–free of charge! At the writing of this article, they have 42 classes posted with topics ranging across 23 different departments.
You don’t get college credit,of course. However, you do get free access to arguably the most reliable and highest quality education available. If you’re looking to expand your understanding of a particular topic, you should definitely check them out!