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The Process of Creating a Book by Garth Nix Tweet This is a brief overview of how I go about writing a book, which may well be quite different from many other writers and different to how you like to work yourself.
However, in amongst the cries of "how could he work like that! To me, there are really four stages to writing a book, though they do overlap each other, swap places at times or even take over for far longer than they should.
Thinking Most of my books seem to stem from a single image or thought that lodges in my brain and slowly grows into something that needs to be expressed. That thought may be a "what if? Many other thoughts, conscious or otherwise, grew out, upon and over that single image, both before and during the writing of the book.
Typically I seem to think about a book for a year or so before I actually start writing. In this thinking stage, I often write a few key points in my "ideas" notebook. At this stage, I merely put down bullet points or mnemonics that will remind me of what I was thinking.
This can be very useful later on, particularly if the gestation period for a book is several years. Planning For all my longer works i. Actually, while I always do depart from them, writing a chapter outline is a great discipline for thinking out the story and it also provides a road map or central skeleton you can come back to if you get lost.
I often write the prologue or initial chapter first to get the impetus for the story going and then write the outline. Usually, I have to write a revised chapter outline two or three times in the course of writing the whole book, but once again it does focus the mind on where the story is going and where you want it to go.
Then there is the second chapter outline, which I wrote about a third of the way through, which is closer to the end product. However, I write the novels longhand first.
The advantages of writing longhand are several, at least for me. First of all, I write in relatively small handbound notebooks which are much more transportable than any sort of computer, particularly since you can take them away for several weeks without having to consider power supplies, batteries or printing out.
Parts of Sabriel, for example, were written on a trip through the Middle East. The other major advantage is that when I type up a chapter from my notebook, I rewrite as I type, so the first print-out is actually a second draft.
Sometimes I change it quite a lot, sometimes not so much, but it gives me a distinctive and separate stage where I can revise. Here it is on the left: At the typing stage, I cleaned up the writing a bit and it had further minor revisions later, but in this case at least, it stayed much the same.
Aboved on the right is the typed page of the manuscript, as it went to the publisher. Which brings me to revising. Revising As I said, when I type the handwritten words, I am also carrying out my first major stage of revision.
However, I usually have to go through at least two revision stages after that. The first of these is when I first print out the typed chapter. I go through it and make changes in pen, which I will take in later.
The second stage and sometimes a third time as well occurs when the entire manuscript is finished for the first time.Last night, A Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin took to the stage at the Sydney Opera House to discuss his popular fantasy series, the spin-off HBO TV show and his craft as a writer.
Below. HI. My first short novel was published in July and it is fantasy. I am writing a five part series. In my fantasy I created a new world, a fantastical world where miracles can happen. The Writing Process. The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time. The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time.
Kathy Edens. Copywriter, ghostwriter, and content strategy specialist. Published Sep 11, TAGS: The Essential Reading Lists. In no particular order, here are the top 25 fantasy books of all time.
1. World-building in fantasy and science fiction.
The process of creating a setting in speculative fiction is often referred to as world-building. This is because in fantasy and science fiction novels, writers are creating whole worlds from the ground up.
Setting is more important than ever. Writing Fantasy Heroes. Edited by Jason M Waltz. Judging by the title of this book, you’d probably guess it’s about crafting protagonists in a fantasy story.
It’s not. It’s about writing Heroic Fantasy, a subgenre that includes Conan the Barbarian. It’s not a unified piece; it’s a . Contents Page. I am in the process of writing my debut fantasy novel. I am going to be blogging about my weekly writing journey including updates and helpful resources.
I will also share writing advice so you can avoid some of the mistakes I have made. Character profiles, and excerpts will also be posted to this site.