Thomas Fleet

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Thomas Fleet 1) Butt in chair. Writing a novel starts as an exuberant sprint and becomes a marathon. Both are fun, but it helps to understand up front that there i…more1) Butt in chair. Writing a novel starts as an exuberant sprint and becomes a marathon. Both are fun, but it helps to understand up front that there is going to be a change of gear at some point.

2) Outline in advance. Opinions on this vary (wildly), but I would have saved myself a lot of time if I’d done this.

3) “Show don’t tell” is excellent advice for what it’s intended for: characterization. Don’t tell me the guy is evil, show him doing something evil. For other aspects of writing, it depends. If your character has to drive five hours to get somewhere, fer goss hawk don’t show us the trip mile by mile. Just say, “She got into the car and was there five hours later.”(less)
Thomas Fleet The novel, The War of the First Day, is a fantasy novel about a war between two groups of witches. Its genesis was a vignette in which a young woman w…moreThe novel, The War of the First Day, is a fantasy novel about a war between two groups of witches. Its genesis was a vignette in which a young woman wanders across a forbidden border and is captured by a witch. The witch tells her that as punishment for her transgression, she must kill or be killed. The book grew vastly around that sequence of scenes, and the captor had her moral rough edges filed down somewhat, but it’s still the heart, in terms of the heroine’s internal conflict, of the novel.

Eventually I embedded this in a war of extermination among witches, which arose from another vignette: A gathering of witches occurs. They converge to their meeting place. A woman appears at the center of the meeting hall. She says a few gloating words, and then an explosion of lethal magic kills most of the women present. That was the genesis of the war that’s the novel’s external conflict.

So: two ideas that grabbed me, and were eventually linked up.(less)
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The War of the First Day

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“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”
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Thomas Fleet Note to self: This guy's review of Nothing Lasts Forever is hilarious:

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Thomas Fleet Note to self: Sella Malin's profile pic here
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with the dolphin and the cow, is HILARIOUS!


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