Thursday, June 3, 2010

Advice for First Time Fantasists

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison
Kate Elliott, author of the Crossroads and the Crown of Stars series, among others, has posted over on her blog some advice for the first time fantasy novelist.
You have to learn how to write like it’s a job while maintaining the ability to nurture the spark of inspiration. That means being able to write through the dark night of the soul because it’s very likely that at some point or another you will walk down those stairs and have to climb back out again with a hundred-ton boulder of doubt on your shoulders.
Kate also has some advice on world building, character, and strategy.  All interesting and useful to read, especially if you're starting out and looking for some guidance.


My big problem is rust.  There's a calcified layer of matter growing on my writing muscles, and this blog is part of a plan to chip it off, shake it off, do whatever I can to get back in the habit of writing again.  I know there's really nothing for it but to sit down and do the work, but I find it useful and inspiring to read how authors manage their machinery.


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