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Machiavelli 7126

I need to learn about build-up, structure, pacing, transitions, diversity, etc.
Stuff such as when should characters get a break from the story in order to talk and eventually solve the puzzle, and how many scenes should there be?
Suggestions for paying attention to multiple characters at once and give them each an important role, rather than cram them all into one force and be done with it.
And all that great useful jazz, to make artistic writing which feels clear, enjoyable, filled with content and solved every loose end.

Where do I start?


Read a book, analyze how that author did it. Rinse and repeat.

Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 7130

Read and write. Each of the things you mentioned come from experience, be it from having written a lot or from having read a lot.

Or say more specifically what you want to learn (structure of what? what transitions? diversity with what?)

If you're wondering what to read, I'd suggest The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, as he wrote a popular, well-paced story while having miles better writing than J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, or most other authors who have achieved popular acclaim.

Edit: Aside from Patrick Rothfuss, there are the classics, of course.
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To add to what >>7130 said.

Anonymous 7249


>better writing than George R. R. Martin

Now that, I find hard to believe. George R. R. Martin is a literary god. I suppose I'll just have to read Patrick Rothfuss for myself.

soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 7251

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George R.R. Martin is far from a literary god. He's a good storyteller. Primarily, he's good at building characters in the grey and at dialogue. His narrative is only average in most places and his flow is a bit of a hack job. And if A Feast for Crows can tell you anything, it's that he's not even consistent at those things.


His books are also very "Seinfeld Is Unfunny" now. Pretty much everyone who writes fantasy now was inspired by them.

Also, I hate how books only get popular in this day and age when someone adapts them into the visual medium.

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