I recently read an article which reviewed a talk George R.R. Martin , author of the Game of Thrones books, gave in Australia.
As a fan of the television series and a writer aspiring to create worlds that readers can get lost in, it’s no surprise that I paid close attention to what he had to say.
Here are a few of the tips I took away from the article:
- don’t let characters wallow in despair for too long;
- avoid cliches;
- show violence truthfully but also show its after-effects; and
- use grey characters (i.e. not all good, not all bad).
He had a lot more to say but those four tips spoke loudly to me.
(I’m sorry that I don’t have a link to the original article. Please don’t shoot me.)
Have you joined my mailing list? It’s very easy, just click here to subscribe.