Friday, April 29, 2011

Slow Down Your Neighbors*

Farland and George R. R. Martin have such a . . . “slow” way of writing, for lack of better word. Slow, but the pacing is still good. I’m reading Runelords #3 right now, and really, plot-wise, not that much had happened, but I’m halfway through the book, and I’m not bored. GRRM did the same this with A Game of Thrones. I’m reading it, yet I can’t grasp how he does it. How these authors don’t have to cram a million things into a story to make it interesting. This is something I need to learn.

How, though, is the problem. How do I write like these guys, how do I make the little things interesting, and fill the gaps between the big things? For crying out loud, not 24 hours has passed in Wizardborn but the story is still interesting! I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

Someone, please, enlighten me.

*Modern Family? Anyone? Anyone?


  1. I suspect it involves an unholy union between character and setting, backed up by the promise of plot to come. And sometimes delivering on that promise.

    Presumably that all comes with practice. I suspect that if I sat down and wrote a book with a single-day plot, the trick would eventually present itself, and the next one would be better.

  2. Modern Family!! And your writing keeps getting better and better.