Lessons from Iain Banks…

While I’ve not made much progress in Phlebas yet, one of my fellow Seton Hill folks shared an article over on Facebook. While I have gotten to the point that I get seven shades of twitchy anytime someone puts “Rules” and “Writing” in close proximity to each other (they’re more like guidelines, anyway)… There is a lot to consider in the article.

A few things that I found myself noddingg in agreement with:

3. Never give your protagonist a simple motivation

4. History will fuck you up

10. The consequences of your adventurous episode will alter somebody else’s entire world

11. There is a definition for evil, after all.

For full explanations of those, and others, follow the link above… it will be worth your time.

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