Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.
“How do you deal with complex group character dynamics? Do you map them out?”
“How do you know if you’re being too nice to your characters?”
“How do I master the pulp writing style?”
“I figured out how to make aliens sound like aliens! Here’s how.”
“I don’t have a villain in my story–is this okay? How does a person do this?”
Books discussed and recommended:
Earth Abides by George Stewart
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Caroll
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
How do you characterize deeply without slowing down the story too much?
Is worldbuilding ever appropriate as a focus for a story? How much do you really need characters?