In my recent browsing of io9 (I’m thinking I may need to add this to one of my “go to” sites at this point), I stumbled across several pieces about GRRM & GoT…
This is the point where I out myself as still under a rock. I have not yet read any of the books, nor have I watched any of the episodes (although I own seasons 1 & 2 on Blue-Ray – it’s not exactly the best choice of material to put in front of 15-month old eyeballs).
First up… “10 Sources that inspiredGame of Thrones”
I like this one simply because it addresses the notion of “Where do ideas come from?” Anyone over the age of 10 that has thought that question and hasn’t figured out the answer is “everywhere” should get a healthy dose from reading this one. And history. It’s interesting to consider how much we, as writers, can ape actual historical events and mine them for story threads.
Next, “Quotes about Writing“… One gem:
I’ve always said there are – to oversimplify it – two kinds of writers. There are architects and gardeners. The architects do blueprints before they drive the first nail, they design the entire house, where the pipes are running, and how many rooms there are going to be, how high the roof will be. But the gardeners just dig a hole and plant the seed and see what comes up.
It’s a nice way to reframe the “Plotser/Pantser” discussion.
And Finally, “Some other questions when Dance of Dragons was coming out“:
All the major things have been planned since the beginning, since the early 90s, the major deaths and the general direction of things. Obviously, the details and the minor things have been things that I’ve discovered along the way, part of the fun of writing the books is making these discoveries along the journey. But the general structure of the books has been in my head all along.
It’s always a tightrope, writing — you do have to set things up. You don’t want them to come out of nowhere, out of left field. You do want to foreshadow them. But you don’t want the developments to seem predictable. If everybody knows what’s coming two books before it comes, then it loses all its impact. That’s the tough part. There’s no easy answer to that. You just do what you can.