Take Your Writing to the Next Level with Dwayne A. Thomas

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned writer, there is always room for improvement. Join us in today’s episode as we discuss the various ways to become a better writer with Dwayne A. Thomas. Master your creativity and discover your unique style with these valuable writing tips!


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Key Takeaways from This Episode

  • The correlation between public speaking and writing
  • A novel approach to overcoming writer’s block
  • Best methods for double-checking your work
  • The significance of writing with both structure and emotion
  • Recognizing the true essence of writing


Resources Mentioned in This Episode

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov | Paperback and Kindle
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot | Paperback and Kindle
  • A Different World
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare | Paperback and Kindle
  • Stan by Eminem – A tragedy stemming from a fan’s anger because Eminem won’t respond to his letters. Notable for, among other things, rhyming “blistering cold” with “six years old” and the sound of a pencil writing while the letters are being composed.


Not a book on writing, but a single must-read for everyone:

Levels of the Game by John McPhee | Paperback and Kindle

Books everyone interested in writing should read, before anything else on this list:

50 Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark

On Writing by Stephen King | Paperback and Kindle

The Elements of Style by E.B. White | Paperback and Kindle

Books on storytelling, also on screenplays:

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby | Paperback and Kindle

Story by Robert McKee | Paperback and Kindle

For people interested in academic writing:

Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword | Paperback and Kindle

If you’ve read everything else and start getting serious about your writing skills:

What If  by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter | Paperback and Hardcover

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner | Paperback and Kindle

For a discussion on structure:

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee | Paperback and Kindle

For a discussion on a sense of place:

Working by Robert A. Caro | Paperback and Kindle


About Dwayne Thomas

Dwayne Allen Thomas is a lawyer and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. He writes about the social and psychological roots of success and other stuff for his blog, The Cross-Examined Life in Psychology Today. His essay A White Man Called Me N****** was selected as a semi-finalist in Boulevard’s Emerging Writer’s Contest. His articles How to Beat Any Test and You vs. Your Mentor were selected as “Essential Topics” by Psychology Today. His essay On Being an Ally was deemed an “Essential Read” by Psychology Today. His writing has also appeared in The New York Law Journal and Law Practice Today. Dwayne lives in New York City.


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