On Writing: Secondary Worlds and Verbal Diarrhoea

For all newbies writing their own uber-cool fantastical secondary world settings and think it's best the world has seen ever, after Tolkien dumped the Middle-earth on us, well, think again.

Here's what Patrick Rothfuss ( Yeah. the same guy, with genial twinkling eyes set behind an awful lot of facial hair and who also wrote two giant tomes - that are award-winning by the way - called the KingKiller Chronicles - read review of first book here. ) - has to say to you : ( Yeah - finger pointing to you, writing your own Gods, Religion, Culture! )

Jokes apart, it's a pretty fascinating read and told in Pat's usually engaging manner. Get enlightened and come say thanks.




ryder said…
This email is just the beginning. The beginning of a brand new series. "The Journeys of John and Julia."
Who are John and Julia?
Julia: Though she tries to put on an above-it-all face for the world, she’s been suffering over her parents’ divorce, which she blames on her workaholic mom. And now her mom’s forcing Julia to spend the summer on her grandmother╩╝s country estate in Cedarwood Ridge, 30 miles away from anything, and way too much in the middle of some serious otherworldly stuff.

“I think life is supposed to be great but most times it sucks and then we die and that’s the end of it. That’s all I know and if there’s more I sure as day don’t want to waste my precious time figuring it out. At least not as long as I am busy with figuring out the things I can see,” she added defiantly, “like how to get my parents back together? Now that’s something I would like to know.”
John: Julia╩╝s childhood friend and alter ego, John is pretty much the opposite of everything Julia stands for. He has lived his whole life in Cedarwood Ridge and couldn’t agree more.

This is a nightmare, he thought. Evidently Julia had indeed transformed into a girl since their last encounter, plus, to make a headache a migraine, she seemed to have shape-shifted into one of those frightening creatures Andy & Co. were so eager to get their hands on. And just how could she have grown so tall?
Next week, a small group of bloggers will be invited to read “The Journeys of John and Julia." We’d like to ask you to join us.

This is just the beginning.
- The John and Julia Team


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