David B. Coe Quotes.
The best writing advice I ever got was “Keep moving forward, don’t retreat into rewrites.” The worst came from a book that said “Writing fiction is like telling lies,” which just seems stupid to me.
Guy Gavriel Kays Tigana is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best fantasy novel ever written. Its beautifully written, the characters are unforgettable, the worldbuilding is exquisite.
Guy Gavriel Kay’s ‘Tigana’ is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best fantasy novel ever written. It’s beautifully written, the characters are unforgettable, the worldbuilding is exquisite.
As I write, invariably I encounter more questions and answer those as I go.
I love magic and playing with magic systems. But to me, good fantasy like all fiction comes down to good character and plotting.
I listen to instrumental jazz and bluegrass, but aside from my AM workout, I have no rituals.
Before writing, I start with a series of questions, specific things I need to know before I can write the book… That list grows and changes as I do more and more research. But when I’ve answered the bulk of the questions, I begin to write.
I write every day for most of the work day, and I try to write 2,500 words per day… If I don’t make it a routine and treat it like a job, I’d never get anything done.
The closer you can get to your setting and to primary sources, the more authentic your history is going to be.
Writing about craft has forced me to think more about my own writing technique, and to break down my process in ways that have been enormously helpful to me.
Guy Kay is probably my favorite and the writer I most want to emulate.
With a historical setting, I worry about accuracy at every turn… With a created world, I have to worry about all of it holding together and seeming coherent… Each presents unique challenges and opportunities.
I believe that I improve with every book I write – most writers will probably tell you the same thing. I’m still learning my craft and will be until the day I drop dead at my computer. In my opinion, art isn’t something that can be perfected. There’s always room for improvement.