Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
Unfortunately, my friends, today is our last day with George R.R. Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire series. But don’t worry. If you need your fix…the HBO series kicks off this Sunday at 9:00. To whet your appetite, here’s one of the… Continue Reading “A Game of Thrones Trailer to See Us On Our Way”
Robert Baratheon, Eddard Stark, Jamie Lannister, Tywin Lannister… What do all of these characters have in common? Power and strength. These are the guys who have the guts, the glory, and/or the gold. Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen… Here are the… Continue Reading “Themes of Strength and Weakness”
Confession time: I watched the entire first season of the Game of Thrones HBO series before I read the books. I know. I know. It was very Impure Reader of me. I should be thrown on the hellfire that awaits those who use CliffsNotes to write research papers.… Continue Reading “When the Learning Curve is Steep – Sometimes HBO Can Help”
Oh, this is good, people. For those of you who love Game of Thrones you must go check out this kickass map of George R.R. Martin’s fictional world! You may now go about your business.
Recently, in the critiques I’ve been giving for my writers group, I’ve taken to pointing out that we, as a group, don’t generally use scene breaks. (Have you ever noticed you start pointing out bits and pieces in other people’s writing that you think you might need in… Continue Reading “Scene Breaks: Martin Doesn’t Do ’em”
I’m always hesitant when it comes to a Dramatis Personae list anywhere in a book. What it means to me is this: there are too many characters to handle. It means there are too many threads to follow through to a full conclusion. It… Continue Reading “Giving Characters Their Arc”