Thursday, August 18

Lesson learned


A couple of weeks ago when I was right in the middle of figuring out "The Challenge" scene in my wip, I came across the quote from George R.R. Martin in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"I do sometimes think I've thrown too many balls in the air. Why did I have to make it the Seven Kingdoms? Wouldn't Five Kingdoms have been sufficiently complicated?"

And I realized that's what I'd done. Sometimes when we're starting out, we want to WOW our audience. Maybe bigger isn't always better. After two weeks of focusing on said Challenge scenes, I think maybe I shouldn't have built it up so much before I knew what I was going to write. Too much pressure to fulfill that damn promise.

Oh well, it's done now and we'll see if it lives up to expectations, but I think I learned a lesson. Think before you write.

5 comments:

  1. Great advice, and some I need to remember!

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  2. This is something I do, too, Margie. I build stuff up in my head and then, when I'm actually doing the writing, I think - what a fool I've been. Hope you get Bix's challenge sufficiently beaten into submission.

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  3. Going through that same thing right now. But I'm confident it will work out.

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  4. That is great advice. I know I've built up to my black moment before only to have it emerge as barely gray. It's a great lesson.

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  5. I just love the quote. It was kind of gratifying to know an accomplished author like Martin struggles with the same things we do.

    And I got to post a pic of Ned Stark. Win-win

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