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Offline NedMarcus

Michael Moorcock's Rules for Writers
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:12:12 AM »
Not new, but quite a nice guide to how Michael Moorcock created his fantasy stories: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/22/michael-moorcock-rules-for-writers

Offline Skip

Re: Michael Moorcock's Rules for Writers
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 10:43:06 PM »
I've always liked Moorcock. His stock with me went up further by citing influence from T.H. White, a woefully neglected great author. It went up again when he cited Conrad, one of my favorites.

I second the advice about stop reading in your genre. I have found my best guidance on writing reading way outside my usual tracks. I wish I knew how to copy plots and characters.They seem to belong so much to the other guy, I've never gotten far at trying to co-opt them.

The other parts are pretty standard. Nothing wrong with that!
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Offline NedMarcus

Re: Michael Moorcock's Rules for Writers
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 11:45:02 PM »
I second the advice about stop reading in your genre.

That's one of the parts I'd find hardest to follow. I understand what he means, and I like reading other kinds of books, but I just couldn't stay away from fantasy for too long.

Offline Peat

Re: Michael Moorcock's Rules for Writers
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 12:49:47 AM »
Hah! I'm a blind git and I thought he was saying read everything in your genre - which I disagree with.

I really definitely adamantly agree that authors should read at least some outside of their genre. Not only does it mean a better quality of writing and storytelling*, but it also means fresher ideas. Read everything outside and stop entirely? I'm not sure I'd go that far. Anything else apart, you've got to read a hell of a lot to read everything worthwhile in your genre.

Sound tips in general though. Thanks!

*Not to say that any genre has a poor quality here, but if you assume the 100 best authors are split fairly evenly by genres, then there's always gonna be more of the high quality peeps outside the genre rather than inside. Just a numbers game.
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Re: Michael Moorcock's Rules for Writers
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 10:29:34 PM »
I don't think he meant to stop reading forever, just to read outside. Poor word choice, from a writer. :)

I do think there's much to gain from outside reading. For example, I'm more aware of world building, how characters are developed, and in general how the story is constructed, than I am when I read fantasy. That's probably just me, but there's a certain logic in arguing that one notices more when one steps out of the familiar.
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