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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... that StoryMen interview actually is pretty powerful. He offers some amazing insights on the human condition, and explains the connections between his past works, his new series, and the world of "alternative facts".

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"Commentary on the world we live in is not my conscious purpose. My conscious purpose is to write a story that feels important to me, about characters who have a lot of meaning to me, and who are not me. I have a passionate belief about storytelling that it's not only the best survival tool we have, it's the only path to redemption: we have to be able to get outside the bounds of our own skulls in order to consider reality as it appears to people whose cultures are different, as it appears to people whose knowledge-base is different, as it appears to people whose color and gender are different - if we cannot empathize, if we cannot cast our imagination somewhere outside our own skulls, we are DOOMED to live in a world that is terrifying and ignorant. And what I am trying to do is to create characters and make them as real for you as they are for me and see if I can get you to CARE."

... and that's not even the best stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, cool, I noticed mine yesterday too.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For the longest time I felt like I was writing Covenant so that Covenant could teach me things that I needed to know. But by the time I got into the Last Chronicles, I was trying to teach him.

Now I am dealing with characters who once again are trying to teach me something that I need to know.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They asked a great question about the scale of his stories - it's always been fascinating to me. How does he know whether a story is going to be a trilogy, novella, short story etc?

Basically, he just knows Very Happy But it was a very interesting response.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, he though the Gap was going to be a short story, so...not sure if I believe him... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But he was never happy with the outcome of the novella, until he found that last ingredient (can't remember what it was now...) and then he knew its length.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC it was that the switch (victim / villain / saviour) wasn't clear enough without another 4 books of exposition?

(That was not really a serious comment.)

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