‘Siege of Darkness’ by R.A. Salvatore (Book 9 of the ‘Legend of Drizzt’ series)
Now THAT is how you do an epic war scene! 70 pages and completely enthralling. That’s what I love about Salvatore’s writing; the fight scenes are awesome whether large or small.
‘The Gathering Storm’ by Brandon Sanderson (Book 12 of the ‘Wheel of Time’ series)
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The up to date data assembly for the seven locales in my first two ‘Path of’ books have just been completed. It may seem a small thing, but it helps decide how the character outfits are going to adapt over the course of the series. It is comforting that some wardrobe changes that were to occur much later in the series (Book 5) can actually begin earlier, and it can feed into one aspect of the wider story to push logically towards the half-way ‘Game Changer’.
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Reading the blogs of my followers, it seems that a common area of pain is the much-maligned proof-reading portion of writing. Spending all that time listening to the narrator in your head, and only finding out later that its word assembly and thought process can be very illogical and hard to read, is a humbling thing…
Hmm, grammar check did not like that last sentence.
Proof-reading must be done, and it must NOT be done in the wee hours of the morning when you need to be ready for work the next day.
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The last week and a bit were comparatively unproductive writing-wise. I think there was one lesson learned: trying to be too faithful to scene setting when it is based on a more recent real-world locale is setting oneself up for procrastination and the emergence of the inner negative voice. Writing a fantasy novel, however, gives one leeway when the locale is an ancient one and no longer standing as it once did. Being too close to the real world shuts down your word flow, while a greater degree of freedom makes them flow that much more easily.
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