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.