I sold the Stonewylde series to Gollancz back in 2010, despite misgivings. The world I’d created wasn’t your run-of-the-mill fantasy; no swords, little blood, not an elf, dragon or ancient portal in sight. There is a Dark Lord (the eponymous Magus of the first title) and there’s natural magic, a flawed hero and of course the prophecy/quest. And a crow. But really, Stonewylde is … More
Gollancz is delighted to bring you a brilliant guest post from Paul McAuley to celebrate the publication of The Confluence Trilogy.
Here’s a good lesson in writing from Graham Greene’s A Sort of Life:
Excitement is simple: excitement is a situation, a single event. It mustn’t be wrapped up in thoughts, similes, metaphors. A simile is a form of reflection, but excitement is of the moment when there is no time to reflect. Action can only be expressed by … More
What’s the difference between writing crime and horror? Trick question. There’s no difference in the writing on a molecular level – they are stories, and thus employ all the elements and structures and rhetoric and sleight of hand common to all storytelling. But there is a difference, at least for … More
Need a Thursday afternoon break? Every wondered how writing a novel is like a job interview? We’ve got the answer. Gollancz is delighted to share with you a special blog post from Matthew de Abaitua the author of
She asks me, “What is your process?”
“What do you mean?” I reply.
“What is your process?”
“It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m making a bacon sandwich, I use one type of process involving bacon and bread. If I’m writing a novel, I use … More
Happy Publication day to John Meaney and the final book in the Ragnarok trilogy, Resonance. John has written about creating the world and writing the trilogy for us below.
Imagine you’re an ant. What does your world look like? Feel like? Taste like? What do you make of the vibrations caused by those bipedal giants as they go about their unknowable business?
More… You are a hive creature. Among your kind, in your nest-city, you inhabit a semiotic richness … More
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