I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.
George R.R. Martin
- Don’t limit your imagination
- Choose your point-of-view characters to broaden the narrative’s scope
- It’s okay to “borrow” from history
- On believable POVs & creating “grey” characters : try and get inside their skin and see what the world would be like from their position- make sense of what they do.
- Grief is a powerful tool — but don’t overdo it
- Violence should have consequences — so spare nothing !
- Avoid fantasy clichés
- Juggling lots of characters takes skill — and luck
Read all the tips in details here : Top 10 Fantasy Writing Tips From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Author
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