Sam asked Jeff VanderMeer:
You've built some pretty outrageous and fantastic worlds in your writing, but are able to draw the reader in so easily. I've never had a point when starting one of your books where I am at all reticent to dive in completely. Is there a process for this world creation? Do you have a set map in your head from the beginning or does it kind of grow along with the story?
Jeff VanderMeer The main thing about making the reader suspend disbelief is to engage in the three-step Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance method...but seriously, it is a combination of doing some research and thinking about it but also being willing to have the confidence to just let some elements go unexplained or to offer just a one-sentence explanation and move on. Sometimes writers will have what I call a "tell"--like, three paragraphs trying to explain how something works and it's because they're not confident in it--they think they're pulling some b.s. on readers. The important thing is to not have that tell. Everything in fiction is made up and everything can be believable if you approach it the right way.
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Sheryl asked Jeff VanderMeer:
Regarding POV in Wonderbook: What is the best way to solidify an omniscient objective POV in the mind of the reader as they enter a story – without making the narrator a defined presence or character in his own right? I find that readers sometimes latch on to the first character to speak or act and respond as though the story was written in third person limited. Thus, POV shifts read as inappropriate head hopping.
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