Doing the last of my LTUE summaries instead of talking about the craft this week and next week, because they are quite a bit about the writing craft. It’s one of the reasons I love LTUE as much as I do.
Friday, 14 Feb. 2014- Sessions Attended
- Reading: Sandra Tayler
- Query Workshop
- Writing Fantasy: Using Words to Build Worlds- A paper presented by Douglas Whittaker (a good friend of mine, yay!)
- The Rules for Writing Magic- John Brown, Al Carlisle, Teri Hartman, Brandon Sanderson, Natalie Whipple, with Emily Martha Sorensen moderating
- Mass Autograph Signing
Best points picked up from Sandra Tayler’s reading:
- It’s okay to treat yourself kindly.
- It’s okay to do your own thing.
- It’s okay to pursue a life of creativity.
Best points picked up from the query workshop:
- You have three sentences or less to grab attention.
- Watch out for wordiness.
- Use the RIGHT words.
- Have a really clear idea of what you’re pitching!
Best points picked up from Using Words to Build Words:
- World building is what separates speculative fiction from all other genres.
- Conflict is what makes writing into a story (Dan Wells).
- Iceberg theory: Show 10% of what you’ve built, but know the other 90%.
- Geography affects the way culture and society develops.
Best points from The Rules for Writing Magic:
- “Been done before” doesn’t mean anything- be creative.
- A story with great characters and weak magic will sustain better than strong magic and weak characters.
- Set your rules early on.
- Maintain consistency.
- Know your limitations (geography, cost, genetics, range, etc.).
- Know the purpose of your magic (scale of sense of wonder to plot tool).
- Magic should be grounded in reality.
- Magic should be AWESOME.
- Focus on one thing and dig in deep- have a deep system rather than a wide one.
- What does magic teach us about ourselves and our worlds?